September 23, 2023

Kolb can now rely himself as a trailblazing pioneer.

In relation to a few of the strongest lifts in recorded historical past, powerlifter Jimmy Kolb now stands alone. On Feb. 4, 2023, in the course of the 2023 Worldwide Powerlifting Affiliation (IPA) Hillbilly Havoc in Hurricane, WV, Kolb captured a 612.5-kilogram (1,350.3-pound) outfitted bench press. The mark is an all-time World Report and is formally the heaviest raise ever achieved in a sanctioned competitors. In response to Open Powerlifting, Kolb surpassed his personal earlier World Report of 598.7 kilograms (1,320 kilos) from the 2022 IPA State Championships. The outfitted press can also be the primary raise over 600 kilograms in any powerlifting division or class ever.

Along with being adorned with acceptable wrist wraps and a lifting belt throughout his monumental feat, Kolb utilized a bench press shirt. The specialised gear provides an athlete an help in getting their weight off their chest whereas additionally “resisting” as the load lowers towards the athlete. Kolb competed within the 140-plus-kilogram weight class, which he has maintained since January 2021, weighing in at an official 147.8 kilograms (326 kilos) for the latest record-setting contest.

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The video of Kolb’s large raise options a number of spotters available, giving him requisite help. The athlete lowered his loaded barbell to his chest and struggled into place, combating in opposition to the sturdy bench press shirt, earlier than receiving the decide’s command to raise up. There gave the impression to be a measure of a pressure for Kolb, however he efficiently locked out the rep finally. As soon as in lockout place, the athlete held the load securely earlier than the official available lastly allowed him to re-rack it.

In the identical video publish, Kolb’s pleasure in logging his document achievement was evident in displaying his official scorecard with a smile.

“At present was a great day.”

Earlier than Kolb’s new bench press accomplishment, Nathan Baptist was the closest athlete to the 600-kilogram barrier on any single raise, per Open Powerlifting. Baptist efficiently squatted 594.7 kilograms (1,311.7 kilos) for a 140-kilogram-plus World Report on the 2021 United Powerlifting Affiliation’s (UPA) Utah Kickoff.

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Notably, Kolb primarily participates in bench-press-only meets. Kolb has received his final 9 contests relationship again to February 2020, solely certainly one of which was a full-power meet within the 2022 IPA 814 Power Spectacular. In the end, in a comparatively prolific profession that started in April 2009, Kolb has solely fallen wanting a first-place end result on eight events.

Now, as he notches one other legendary mark, Kolb can know all his arduous work led to him making historical past as soon as once more.

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