On June 9, 2022, during the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) World Classic Powerlifting Championships, 76-kilogram powerlifter Jessica Buettner set two World Records on the squat and bench press. Though she tied Agata Sitko for a World Record total of 585 kilograms, Sitko achieved the mark first so she gets the record.
In addition, Buettner’s new record deadlift of 261.5 kilograms (576.5 pounds) is the heaviest all-time deadlift by any female IPF competitor. The record-breaking deadlift — where she donned just a lifting belt — helped “The Canadian Forklift” secure her second consecutive IPF World title.
Here’s a complete rundown of Buettner’s top stats from her title defense:
Jessica Buettner (76KG) | 2022 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships Best Stats
- Squat — 218.5 kilograms (481.7 pounds) | IPF World Record
- Bench Press — 105 kilograms (231.5 pounds)
- Deadlift — 261.5 kilograms (576.5 pounds) | IPF World Record
- Total — 585 kilograms (1,289.7 pounds)
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For a great deal of 2022, Buettner made it apparent she wanted to make this year one of the best competitive seasons of her career. The athlete shared consistently impressive progress on her deadlift, exceeding the World Record on more than one occasion in strength training.
She first backed her hard work up with a dominant, first-place result at the 2022 Canadian Powerlifting Union (CPU) Nationals in May. Now she has another World championship as a further reward for her efforts.
A Dead Heat
For a moment, Buettner didn’t have a guaranteed championship defense. With fellow 76-kilogram athlete Agata Sitko pushing Buettner to the final round of the deadlift, the Canadian competitor needed to muster up a staggering pull for victory. To win and beat Sitko, Buettner successfully pulled the new World Record of 261.5 kilograms (576.5 pounds) — 11.5 kilograms (25.3 pounds) more than Marte Elverum’s previous top figure.
Notably, even in the heat of an international contest, Sitko sat down after her last deadlift to cheer Buettner on, calling the more experienced Canadian athlete her “idol.”
In a short Instagram reaction post re-sharing her new deadlift record, Buettner kept it short and sweet.
“Reposting the biggest deadlift of my entire life from yesterday, I’m still so hyped about.”
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A Legend Grows
With the victory in the 2022 IPF Worlds, Buettner has won seven straight competitions dating back to 2019 and now has two World Championships to her name (2021-2022). She is also the two-time reigning Canadian National Champion (2021-2022). Plus, in addition to her two new World Records, she’s the current owner of all four raw Canadian National Records on the squat, bench press, deadlift, and total.
At 27-years-old, Buettner is already one of the more accomplished female powerlifters in history. At the time of this writing, she doesn’t have another confirmed prestigious competition on the horizon. Whenever she does compete next, if her past stellar performance says anything, it seems likely she’ll only add to her growing legend.
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