Orhii closed 2022 with a very special performance.
In the current lineup of strength superstars in powerlifting, it’s hard to get much or bigger than Russel Orhii. The former two-time International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) World Champion (2019, 2021) is known for going out of the ordinary the moment he gets his well-calloused hands on a loaded barbell of any kind. His latest push of power on a platform could quite possibly be his best yet.
On December 17, 2022, during the USA Powerlifting (USAPL) Korea Winter Showdown 2022, Orhii put on a virtuoso performance when he captured a total of 885.2 kilograms (1,951.1 pounds).. According to a caption from Orhii’s Post about the sanctioned powerlifting meeting, this total from Seoul, South Korea, is a personal competition record (PR) of all time. Notably, during the competition, the athlete moved up to the 90-kilogram weight class for the first time in his career, yet he thrived with his eventual first-place finish while achieving the highest total for any 200-pound powerlifter in the competition year 2022.
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Here’s a rundown of Orhii’s top stats at the 2022 USAPL Korea Winter Showdown, where he also had corresponding PRs in the bench press (340 kg/749.5 lbs) and deadlift (350 kg/771.6 lbs) and his all-time best squat reached by 195 kilograms (429.9 pounds).
The athlete wore a lifting belt and knee warmers for his squats, only wrist wraps for his bench press, and performed his best deadlift with only a belt.
Russell Orhii (90KG) | 2022 USAPL Korea Winter Showdown Top Stats
- squatting — 195 kilograms (429.9 pounds) | Equal to the best Raw competition ever
- bench press — 340 kilograms (749.5 pounds) | Best Raw competition ever
- deadlift — 350 kilograms (771.6 pounds) | Best Raw competition ever
- In total — 885.2 kilograms (1,951.6 pounds) | Best Raw competition ever
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In his Instagram post, Orhii reflected on the performance and made it seem overly casual as he’s likely temporarily hanging up his sling for the holiday season. If he does return sometime in 2023, that fall likely won’t be the last we see Orhii resplendent under a bright spotlight.
“I decided to compete at 90kg so I could enjoy the full Korean experience, which in turn has resulted in me performing quite well,” Orhii wrote. ” … The love and hospitality here in Korea was absolutely insane. I’m really grounded to see the reach of powerlifting around the world and am grateful to be able to inspire others to take up the sport. This was such an amazing and unique experience that I will never forget. Thank you very much.”
Featured image: @russwole on Instagram