Deadlift World Record Beaten By Rhyl Teenager

by Jamie Adrankone

Deadlift World Record Beaten By Rhyl Teenager

A teenager who trained in his Rhyl living room over the past two years has become a record-breaking weightlifter.

17-Year-Old Adom Walkowycz shattered the 90kg weight record of 240kg (530lbs) at the A/WPC European Powerlifting Championships in Manchester, with an incredible deadlift of 245kg (540lbs).

What is more impressive is that the teenager only began his weightlifting career two years ago, wanting to improve his fitness playing at Rhyl Rugby Club.

However, once he tried it out he realised he was a natural and lifted 190kg to get the then-British powerlifting record at the tender age of 15.

After he qualified for the European Powerlifting Championships, the contest was cancelled four times and he was confined to his home to continue his training regime, aided by his coaches, a rigid schedule and the motivation of everyone else at his local gym.

His coach Simon Johnstone, has helped the young lifter since the beginning and even gave him suitable equipment as the prices for weightlifting equipment skyrocketed in the first part.

A lack of available storage in Rhyl early in 2020 was an issue for him, and he had to keep his weights in the downstairs bathroom of his home to stop them from being scattered around his home.

Restrictions at the event have meant that his family and friends could only watch his lifts via live stream, but they praised not only his efforts but also how the gym and the sport have helped him to believe in himself and improved his self-esteem.

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