On Saturday, August 28, 2022, powerlifter Chris Kugh set the all-time world record in the squat (Raw With Wraps) at 82.5 kilograms, lifting 366 kilograms (807 pounds). The new record took place during the 2022 Irish Pro Invitational meet at Southside Barbell in Limerick, Ireland.
The new record was Kugh’s second of his three attempts at that meet. He attempted 375 kilograms (826.7 pounds), but the attempt was not successful. Overall, Kugh was one for three on the squat, and three for three on both bench press (where he also set a one-kilogram personal record) and deadlift. He would leave with the overall championship belt and title from the meet as well. The summary of Kugh’s day is as follows.
- Squat — 366 kilograms (807 pounds)
- Bench Press — 206 kilograms (454 pounds)
- Deadlift — 300 kilograms (661 pounds)
- Total — 872 kilograms (1,922 pounds)
Aside from the all-time world record in wraps, Kugh also shared in the post that it was a personal best by 16 kilograms. His previous best mark was 358.5 kilograms (790.3 pounds), which he achieved at the 2022 GPC European Championships on June 29, 2022. The new personal and all-time world record replaces Maliek Derstine’s mark of 365 kilograms (804.7 pounds), which was set at the 2020 USPA Dirth South Powerlifting Championships.
At 29 years old, this is Kugh’s seventh year of competing in powerlifting, according to Open Powerlifting. This is the only all-time world record in the Raw With Wraps category that he holds as of this writing. He has also competed in single-ply and multi-ply meets.
His personal best squat in a single-ply squat suit is 340 kilograms (749.5 pounds), and he set that mark in April 2022 at the Nottingham Strong Qualifier event. His best multi-ply squat is actually less than that. On July 30, 2017, Pugh completed a lift of 307.5 kilograms (678 pounds) at the Salisbury Qualifier event.
Pugh is no stranger to other weight classes, having also competed in the 90 and 100-kilogram classes this year alone. As of this writing, Pugh has not shared what his next meet will be or if he will compete in a different class should he do so.
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