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Powerlifter Sets World Record With 1,005 LB (456 Kilograms) Squat

Powerlifter Sets World Record With 1,005 LB (456 Kilograms) Squat

by Ezra Zydan

It's not everyday that you hear about a world record being set in the powerlifting division by an almost complete unknown, yet that's exactly what's occurred here with Ray Williams. Not only did he set a new powerlifting record with a half-ton on the bar, he did it "raw"--that means that he squatted over 1,000 pounds with no knee wraps. He is wearing knee sleeves for protection only, and they don't help him to gain any weight in his squats. He is wearing a belt, but no squat suit, which is generally used as support for squats.

Moments before making history, you can see Williams psyching himself up for the largest (and potentially the deadliest) squat of his life. You can check out the footage of this at the USA Powerlifting Raw Nationals in Atlanta, Georgia below:

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What makes this so historic is the fact that this competition is heavily drug-tested, and he is the first man to ever pull off this feat. Check out the second video to see Williams break several records with his total raw super heavyweight powerlifting total being 2,378.9 lbs (1079kg):

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This man is nothing, if not humble.