Maybe there’s something in the water, but teenagers seem to be stronger nowadays. In just the deadlift, we have seen Hayden Willis sumo deadlift 350kg/771lb, Dylan Crawford pull 329kg/725lb in straps, Enahoro Asein sumo 324.7kg/716lb, and Artur Polutranko rip 300kg/660lb off of the floor in straps.
It’s hard to stand out in a sea of such strong teens — but Chilean powerlifter Felipe Rieutord did just that by pulling heavyweight from a conventional stance without straps. Heavy, conventional pulls without straps are a rarity. The last one of note was 2020 Arnold Grand Prix winner Ashton Rouska‘s 347kg/765lb lift.