• NEWS – The Iceland weightlifter Hafþór Björnsson broke the deadlift world record. He lifted 501 kilograms (1,104.52 pounds)Breaking the previous world record by a kilogram. The record dated back to 2016.

Deadlift world record

The deadlift is a weight training exercise in which a loaded barbell or bar is lifted off the ground to the level of hips. Torso perpendicular to the floor.before being placed back on the ground.

It is one of the three powerlifting exercises along with the squat and bench press.

Before we dig in to further details you need to know there are two types of powerlifting. Equipped powerlifting and Raw powerlifting.

Equipped powerlifting

Equipped powerlifters compete separately from Raw lifters.

Equipped lifters will wear a Squat suit, Knee wraps, a bench shirt, and a deadlift suit.

These four things are what separate equipped lifters and raw lifters.

Raw powerlifting

Unequipped or Raw or classic powerlifting has codified in response to the proliferation and advancement of bench shirt and squat/deadlift suits.

Therefor there are two types of Deadlift world records.

  • The world record Raw deadlift is 460kgs (1015lb) held by Benedikt Magnússon
  • The unofficial world record equipped deadlift is 501 kg (1105lb) heald by Hafþór Björnsson.

The recent deadlift world record 2020 held by Hafþór Björnsson.

Rules of Deadlift world record 2020

In the deadlift, the athlete grasps the loaded bar which is resting on the platform floor. The lifter pulls the weights off the floor and assumes as erect position. The knees must be locked and shoulders back, with the weight held in lifter’s grip. At the referee’s command, the bar will be returned to the floor under the control of the lifter.

  • The bar must be laid horizontally in front of the lifter’s feet, gripped with an optional grip in both hands, and lifted until the lifter is standing erect. The bar may stop but there must be no downward motion of the bar.
  • The lifter shall face the front of the platform.
  • On complication of the loft, the knees shall be locked in a straight position and the lifter shall be standing erect.
  • The head referee’s signal shall consist of a downward movement of the arm and the audible command “Down’. the signal will not be given until the bar is held motionless and the lifter is an apparent finished position.
  • Any raising of the bar any deliberate attempt to do so will count as an attempt.

Causes for disqualification of Deadlift world record 2020

  • Any downward motion of the bar before it reaches the final position.
  • failure to stand erect.
  • failure to lock the knees straight at the completion of the lift.
  • Supporting the bar on the thighs during the performance of the lift. ‘Supporting’ is defined as a body position adopted by the lifter that could not be maintained without the counterbalance of the weight being lifted.
  • Movement of the feet laterally, backward or forward that would constitute a step or stable.
  • Lowering the bar before receiving the head referee’s signal.
  • Allowing the bar to return to the platform without maintaining control with both hands.


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