“Dudes No Younger Than 47”: Despite Being 22-YO, Powerlifter’s 856 Lbs Deadlift Record in Junior Category Raises Doubts Among Netizens

Published 09/05/2023, 10:59 AM EDT

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The world of strength sports and bodybuilding witnesses genetic freaks from time to time. While legends like Ronnie Coleman himself have admitted that strength is something that a person has to be gifted with for the most part, it was also Temur Samkharadze’s hard work and dedication that recently led the 22-year-old to break a deadlift world record.

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Ever since Samkharadze broke strongman sensation Pavlo Nakonechnyy’s world record back in 2022, he has been surrounded by doubts raised by the lifting community about his age. Proving his worth once again, he recently broke his earlier record of 849.9 lbs by deadlifting 855 lbs at a recent powerlifting meet. International Powerlifting Federation posted a video of the same on their Instagram account, which led to a lot of debates in the comment section where fans raised queries regarding the Georgian’s age. 

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Being born in 2001, Samkharadze’s recent lift has led to a lot of speculations among fans who could not believe that the powerlifter is just 22 years old. Just a while ago, Temur lifted a whopping 388kgs in the junior category while competing in the 120+kg weight division. Temur relied only on a lifting belt to execute the lift while his stance was conventional.

 

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The caption of the Instagram post uploaded by the International Powerlifting Federation read, “World Junior Record Deadlift with 388 kg by Temur Samkharadze GEO in 120+kg class.” The insane lift caught the attention of many lifters and bodybuilders who expressed their disbelief over the incident in the comments. 

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Samkharadze’s age caused skeptics to emerge

One of the fans commented on the post by stating, “Junior? Dudes no younger than 47,” while another comment from a user read, “JUNIOR?!, amazing lift but I must say this young man looks like he has been holding down a family of 4 with a mortgage with 2 jobs & a 7 day work week for at least 10 years.”

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Another user in comments gave his two cents on the issue as he wrote, “A lot of those European and Asian countries are famous for lying about their athletes’ ages to win medals and break records,” while another fan inquired in the comments, “How old of age counts as junior? Seriously?” Comparing Temur with a renowned actor, another person sarcastically wrote, “When did Danny Divito get so strong?”

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