Farid can count quite a notch in her belt now.

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There are no shortage of World Records falling at the 2023 International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) World Classic Powerlifting Championships. In fact, it almost appears as if the contest has multiple new stars every day during the week of June 11-18. Singaporean powerlifter Farhanna Farid is the latest to throw her hat into the ring. During the tentpole competition occurring in Valetta, Malta, Farid successfully captured a 203-kilogram (447.5-pound) raw deadlift. The achievement is an IPF World Record in the organization’s 52-kilogram (114-pound) weight class.

Farid’s record pull helped the athlete secure an eighth-place result in her second career IPF World Championships appearance. Evie Corrigan was the eventual 52-kilogram champion, but Farid’s record did surpass the previous World Record, held by Corrigan — a lift of 202.5 kilograms (446.4 pounds) during the 2023 Sheffield Powerlifting Championships. Farid appeared to complete her deadlift completely raw from a sumo stance while using a mixed grip. Uniquely, the competitor did not wear a lifting belt during her record-setting performance.

As for Farid’s overall performance, the athlete fared quite well in the context of her career, all things considered. According to Farid’s page on Open Powerlifting, the powerlifter is a three-time Asian Powerlifting Federation (AsianPF) raw World Champion (2018-2019, 2022) in the 52-kilogram division. Technically, Farid did not improve upon her seventh-place IPF Worlds debut in 2022. Still, bringing home a World Record while moving a placing down is likely a result most athletes would stomach.

Here’s an overview of Farid’s top stats from the 2023 IPF Worlds:

Farhanna Farid (52KG) | 2023 IPF Worlds Top Stats

  • Squat — 127.5 kilograms (281 pounds)
  • Bench Press — 70 kilograms (154.3 pounds)
  • Deadlift — 203 kilograms (447.5 pounds) | IPF World Record
  • Total — 400.5 kilograms (882.9 pounds)

Farid’s top bench press matches her best ever from the 2022 AsianPF Powerlifting Championships. The athlete had scored her latest lift on her third attempt, potentially leaving room for significant improvement in another competitive appearance.

Farid has kept it steady since her official powerlifting debut in December 2018. Making ventures on the IPF Worlds stage still seems relatively new. From that respect, to leave with a World Record is no small feat.

Featured image: @theipf on Instagram

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