Overcoming setbacks is how champions are made. Thai powerlifter Kasemsand Senumong (also known as Opor Kasem) smashed a 305-kilogram (672.4-pound) deadlift (raw with a lifting belt) in training on March 16, 2021. That is a significant lift because Senumong competes in the 66-kilogram (145-pound) weight class. According to the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF), the current IPF world record deadlift is Hassan El Belghiti of France’s 298 kilograms (657 pounds) from the 2019 FFForce France Force Athlétique Elite.
What makes Senumong’s would-be IPF world record deadlift record (had it been done in competition) all the more impressive is his failure during a warm-up lift that was 15 kilograms (33.1 pounds) less.