Powerlifter Chance Mitchell (93KG) Sets 2 World Records and Wins 2022 IPF World Championships

After a long and winding road, Mitchell captures a well-earned, first-ever IPF World title.

The 2022 International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) World Classic Powerlifting Championships have seen one world record fall after another. The competitors in the Men’s 93-kilogram weight class on June 6-12, 2022, in Sun City, South Africa, were no exception. 

Each of the three respective finishers on the podium — Chance Mitchell, Emil Krastev, and Jonathan Cayco — surpassed the IPF raw World Record total entering the competition. Cayco held the previous top mark for the 93-kilogram weight class with an 873-kilogram (1,924.6-pound) total from the 2021 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships. 

At 27-years-old, Mitchell captured his first-ever IPF World title thanks mainly to a raw World Record deadlift of 373.5 kilograms (823.4 pounds) and a World Record total of 878.5 kilograms (1,936.8 pounds).

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Mitchell expressed gratitude for his performance in a post on his Instagram:

“L after L after L after L and now 2022 IPF World Champion. From barely making the USA team to winning the most competitive class at Worlds,” Mitchell wrote. “My dream became a reality today. I am so grateful but I don’t think I’ve processed it yet. Thank you to everyone who supported me, it’s been a long, brutal road to get to this point.”

Here are the best stats for each of the podium finishers in the 93-kilogram weight class:

Men’s 93KG | 2022 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships Podium Results

1. Chance Mitchell (United States)

  • Squat — 315 kilograms (694.5 pounds)  
  • Bench Press — 190 kilograms (418.9 pounds)
  • Deadlift — 373.5 kilograms (823.4 pounds) | IPF World Record
  • Total — 878.5 kilograms (1,936.8 pounds) | IPF World Record

2. Emil Krastev (Bulgaria)

  • Squat — 307.5 kilograms (677.9 pounds)
  • Bench Press — 227.5 kilograms (501.6 pounds)
  • Deadlift — 342.5 kilograms (755.1 pounds)
  • Total — 877.5 kilograms (1,934.6 pounds)

3. Jonathan Cayco (United States)

  • Squat — 300 kilograms (661.4 pounds)
  • Bench Press — 238.5 kilograms (525.8 pounds) | IPF World Record
  • Deadlift — 335 kilograms (738.6 pounds)
  • Total — 873.5 kilograms (1,925.7 pounds)

Mitchell’s new deadlift World Record for the 93-kilogram weight class surpasses an almost 10-year-old mark held by Krzysztof Wierzbicki. The Polish athlete previously notched a 372.5-kilogram (821.2-pound) deadlift at the 2014 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships.

The 2022 IPF Worlds were Mitchell’s debut at the competition. Some of the more noteworthy results of his career before his first IPF victory include a fourth-place finish in the 2021 USA Powerlifting (USAPL) Raw Nationals and a second-place finish in the 2022 AMP Classic Open Nationals

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A New Bench King

While Cayco undoubtedly wanted to defend his 2021 IPF World title, he didn’t leave South Africa empty-handed. The powerlifter scored a new World Record with a 238.5-kilogram (525.8-pound) bench press. It extends his own past top international mark from the 2021 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships by half a kilogram. Cayco’s all-time competition best is a 242.5-kilogram (534.6-pound) bench press from the 2021 USAPL Iron Office Winter Classic. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The 2022 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships ended on June 12, 2022. At the time of this writing, records were broken in the Women’s 47-kilogram, 52-kilogram, 57-kilogram, and 76-kilogram weight classes, and in the Men’s 66-kilogram, 83-kilogram, and 93-kilogram weight classes. 

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