After a short break from competition, Marcelle is ready to hit the ground running again.
There are powerlifting superstars and there are powerlifting supernovas. Sherine Marcelle would fit the latter cosmic description. On March 6, 2023, Marcelle shared an Instagram video of herself completing one beltless-only deadlift of 227.5 kilograms (501 pounds) for three reps. According to Marcelle’s post caption, the set was a personal record (PR) of 2.7 kilograms (six pounds) with this type of deadlift for the usual 90-pound athlete.
“So grateful for the people who have shown up and continue to show up for me. It’s the strongest thing I’ve ever felt and the best I’ve shown for myself.”
Marcelle had no other gear decked out to help with her strength milestone. She finished her pull from a sumo stance with a mixed grip.
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In early June 2022, after competing in the Word Raw Powerlifting Federation (WRPF) Ghost Clash in February, Marcelle had stated that she would be taking most of the rest of the competitive year off to recalibrate. The athlete claimed she had previously “battled through injuries” and came through with flying colors, but appeared to want to take a step back for now. The competitor still shared various training tidbits — notably two corresponding back squat PRs in late August 2022 and early September 2022 — but was otherwise only featured in the United States Powerlifting Association (USPA) 2022 PWRBLD Winter War in mid-December.
Based on the recent tenor of Marcelle’s Instagram posts in 2023, the athlete is poised to make her competitive return sometime in late March and early April. However, it’s unclear what specific competition Marcelle will be entering as she hasn’t provided those specific details. All that might give a clue is a February 2023 salute to CT Fletcher. The influencer is the organizer of the annual Iron Wars, but there doesn’t seem to be another contest on his event website for now.
Wherever Marcelle competes, she will like to shine: as the athlete usually does.
In her last nine professional appearances, Marcelle has only missed first place twice while competing raw and with wraps. According to Open Powerlifting, Marcelle owns one of the highest raw squats ever (244.9 kilograms/540.1 pounds) in the 90 kilogram division, just behind two-time International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) world champion Amanda Lawrence. Should Marcelle go raw with wraps at her next competition, she could potentially turn her early summer 2022 squat PR (297 kg/655 pounds) into an all-time world record. Only Crystal Tate (640 pounds) has ever squatted more raw with wraps than a 200-pound competitor.
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Pound for pound, Marcelle is one of the strongest powerlifters of all time, regardless of division. As the official start of her 2023 personal competitive season approaches, it seems obvious that the athlete will once again live up to that elite billing.
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