As is often the case, there are sure to be rising stars and previously unknowns who will rise to prominence in 2023. However, one name that is likely to soldier on as a leader is the prolific Heather Connor. As the energetic dynamo looks ahead to another great productive year, he ends 2022 in a way that is well suited to his unique talents.
On December 31, 2022, Connor posted a video on his Instagram where the athlete successfully deadlifted 177.5 kilograms (391.3 pounds) raw for six reps. According to the black bar caption on Connor’s clip, this is a six rep personal record (PR).
Ending 2022 strong. Period.
Connor completed a PR pull from a sumo stance while using only a lifting belt.
A shocking PR deadlift is nothing new for Connor. It certainly follows his growing prominence as one of the top active powerlifting deadlifters in the world.
Connor is the current International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) 47-kilogram raw deadlift World Record holder, with a massive pull of 185 kilograms (407.8 pounds) from the 2022 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships. After a three-year absence from the tentpole international powerlifting contest, the World Record deadlift helped Connor beat French phenom Tiffany Chapon to second place.
According to Open Powerlifting, Connor also holds the all-time raw deadlift World Record deadlift in the 47-kilogram weight class. The athlete set that benchmark when he pulled 192.5 kilograms (424.4 pounds) at the 2021 USA Powerlifting Raw Nationals in a fourth-place performance.
Some of Connor’s recent non-competition deadlifts before he went out on New Year’s Eve 2022 were also eye-opening. They can even challenge the inevitable continuous greatness for a powerlifter who pushes the limit with a loaded barbell in his hands.
After appearing at the 2022 IPF Worlds, Connor completed a double deadlift of 190 kilograms (418.9 pounds) in a mid-September 2022 training session – about 11 pounds more than his current IPF World Record. Then, undefeated (by himself), in the middle of November 2022, Connor deadlifted 202.5 kilograms (446 pounds). That pull was more than 20 pounds off his record mark. Perhaps most importantly, this is his heaviest pull – either in a sanctioned competition or in general training.
A former two-time IPF World Champion (2017, 2019), Connor looks set for another powerful run in 2023. For one of the world’s true powerlifting fixtures, it will likely feature a variety of deadlifts that will destroy the land. in the coming weeks and months.
Featured image: @heather.e.connor on Instagram
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