Powerlifter Liam Newell (90KG) Deadlifts 352.5 Kilograms to Claim American Record

It’s been over a decade since the Teen (18-19) American Deadlift Record at 90 kilograms was broken. That is until Liam Newell successfully locked out a 352.5-kilogram (777-pound) raw deadlift at the 2022 USAPL Collegiate Nationals held on Mar. 27-30 in Westin Lombard, Illinois. Overall, he placed fourth in his weight class at the meet.

You can check out the record-shattering lift, which is also an unofficial world record for his weight class and age division, in the video below, courtesy of Newell’s Instagram page:

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Newell performed the lift with a sumo stance and a hook grip while wearing a singlet and lifting belt. Besides a bit of struggle just before locking out the lift, the 19-year old completed the deadlift with relative ease.

Newell weighed 88 kilograms (194 pounds) at the competition — meaning he pulled four times his bodyweight. According to Open Powerlifting, Newell’s 352.5-kilogram pull is the heaviest deadlift in the 18-19 division (90-kilogram weight class), ahead of Hayden Williams by 9.5 kilograms.

Newell lifted 2.5 kilograms (5.5 pounds) more than Ian Bell, who held the previous American deadlift record in the 18-19 age division at 90 kilograms. Bell set the previous record at the 2011 USAPL Southside Classic over a decade ago by deadlifting 771.5 pounds (350 kilograms).

Liam Newell—2022 USAPL Collegiate Nationals Results

Besides setting an American deadlift record at the 2022 USAPL Collegiate Nationals, Newell also hit personal bests on all lifts:

  • squats — 252.5 kilograms (556.6 pounds)
  • Bench Press — 140 kilograms (308.6 pounds)
  • Deadlift — 352.5 kilograms (777.1 pounds) | American Deadlift Record
  • Total — 745 kilograms (1,642.4 pounds)

Liam Newell competed in his first sanctioned powerlifting meet in Jan. 2021 at the USPA Drug Tested CrossFit Gamma Winter Classic, where he took a first-place finish. He also won his second contest—the 2021 USAPL Veteran’s Day Championships. After winning his first two contests in the 83-kilogram category, Newell jumped up a weight class to compete in the 90-kilogram category at the 2022 USAPL Collegiate Nationals.

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In the caption of his Instagram post, writes, “Unofficial world record maybe? I don’t know.” At 90 kilograms and in his age division, it is. However, Newell’s pull counts only as a National Record because the meet wasn’t an international competition. And in the Open division, the 19-year old still has a ways to go. The current all-time heaviest deadlift at 90 kilograms belongs to John Haack — a 402.5 kilogram (887-pound) pull.

When this article was written, Newell’s next steps weren’t clear. However, to claim a National Record with only three competitions to your name signals only that his future is bright.

Featured Image: @liam.newell_ on Instagram

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