On June 6, 2023, Samantha Eugenie shared an Instagram video of herself capturing a 122.5-kilogram (270-pound) raw bench press during a training session. According to the caption of the 20-year-old powerlifter’s post, the strength mark is a personal record (PR). Eugenie utilized just wrist wraps to help her with the achievement, which would qualify as raw in an official powerlifting competition.
Per Eugenie’s personal page on Open Powerlifting, if this training lift occurred in a sanctioned competition, it would’ve eclipsed Eugenie’s all-time raw competition best of 109.9 kilograms (242.5 pounds) by 12.4 kilograms (27.5 pounds). Eugenie scored that mark at her most recent meet in early April — the 2023 Fédération Française de Force (FFForce) Championnats de France Juniors de Force de Athletique in a first-place performance for the 69-kilogram weight class. The contest was just the second appearance for Eugenie in the 69-kilogram division.
Remarkable milestones like this are nothing new for Eugenie, based on her standards. In fact, a 110-kilogram (242.5-pound) easy raw bench press double shared over her Instagram profile roughly only a week earlier might have teased Eugenie’s latest upper body breakthrough.
Since becoming a competitive powerlifter in October 2018, Eugenie has seemingly only grown in strength and appropriate reputation. To date, as a Sub-Juniors, Juniors, and occasional Open athlete, Eugenie has won nine of 12 career contests. The most notable result of her career might be a 63-kilogram title at the 2022 International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) World Junior Classic Powerlifting Championships. Eugenie has won three of her last four competitions, including the previously mentioned 2023 FFForce Championnats de France Juniors de Force.
On an official records basis, Eugenie holds the IPF Junior World Record raw deadlift of 216 kilograms (476.2 pounds) in the 63-kilogram class. The athlete captured that record number at the 2023 IPF World Juniors.
Here’s an overview of Eugenie’s all-time competition bests as they stand before the next phase of her competitive outlook unfolds:
Samantha Eugenie | All-Time Raw Competition Bests
- Squat — 184.9 kilograms (407.8 pounds)
- Bench Press — 109.9 kilograms (242.5 pounds)
- Deadlift — 220.5 kilograms (486.1 pounds)
- Total — 515.4 kilograms (1,136.4 pounds)
At the time of this article’s publication, it is unclear where and when Eugenie will take her strength talents next. All that seems apparent is that the athlete is ready to smash some of her established precedents very soon.
Eugenie has seemingly only begun her career and already become a household name. With that kind of distinction, the stratosphere appears to be the limit for this young phenom.