Guinness World Records has recently confirmed that strongman Greg Austin Doucette (Canada) has absolutely smashed the world record for the Heaviest sumo deadlift in one minute with a staggering 9,130 kg (20,128 lb 3 oz) lift.
Under the gaze of a tense and excited crowd in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, Greg lifted a total of 182.6 kg fifty times.
This means he more than doubled the previous total of 4,778.6 kg (10,535 lb) which was achieved by Walter Urban (USA) at Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, in 2012.
The difference between a sumo deadlift and a traditional deadlift is that in the sumo deadlift, the legs are spread apart and the weight is lifted while gripping the bar in between the open legs, as displayed here. All other elements of a traditional deadlift (i.e. straightening the legs and back, returning the bar to the floor for each repetition) must be followed to attain the record.
Commenting on his Guinness World Records award, the fitness fanatic said: “It feels absolutely amazing to have set a Guinness book world record. I have been dreaming about holding a Guinness record ever since I was given my first Guinness book when I was a kid. I am 40 years old, and only weigh 210 lbs but with 30 years of hard work, determination and dedication I was able to achieve my dream of owning a Guinness World Records title.”
Above: Greg and his family after the successful record attempt
Greg – who is an IFBB professional bodybuilder and a power-lifting world champion – has been sumo deadlifting for over 20 years and has performed over 100,000 sumo deadlifts in his training.
He currently runs a personal training company where he coaches others on such things as how to lift weights and eat healthily.