11 Stone Man Sets New World Record With 225 KG Bench Press

"Do you even lift, bro?" Well clearly Japan's Daiki Kodama does because he's just broken the world record for a classic bench press.

Weighing just 11 stone, Kodama is only an average sized chap but was remarkably able to lift exactly 225kg at a recent International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) event.

Though he did have to have some support from his team so that he didn't suffer an injury, the fact that he was able to lift three times his body weight is simply sensational.

The 40-year old was the owner of the previous world record when he did a 211.5kg deadlift, while he also has a best squat of 120kg and 170kg for deadlift.

Last month, we saw how dangerous powerlifting can be when a French weightlifter broke her left arm in two places at the European Weightlifting Championships.

Thirty-one-year-old Gaelle Nayo Ketchanke was attempting to lift 110kg - her career personal best - in the women's 76kg category at the event in Batumi, Georgia.

She had failed to complete the lift earlier, but on her third attempt, while she managed to get the bar above her head, her left arm buckled and gave way, leading to a grimacing injury.


She was rushed to hospital for surgery but incredibly, still walked away with a bronze medal for her 103kg opener.

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