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Weightlifter Jimmy Kolb Breaks All-Time Bench Press World Record

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Weightlifter Jimmy Kolb Breaks All-Time Bench Press World Record

A powerlifter has broken the all-time world record for the heaviest bench press by - you've guessed it - picking up some very heavy weights. You can see him perform this Herculean act of strength in the video below:

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For those who are into it, bodybuilding and weightlifting must be very exciting. For those who aren't, it might seem a bit silly.

However, there are very few sports where you can see a record tumble that has stood for the entirety of time, and this is one such opportunity.

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Jimmy Kolb, who is a specialist in bench pressing, managed to lift 508 kilograms - that's 1,120lbs for the imperial unit fans among you - at the 2021 International Powerlifting Association's Strength Spectacular Powerlifting Championships in York, Pennsylvania.

He also did all of this whilst wearing a single-ply suit, which apparently makes this more impressive.

Of course, he took home the gold in this class, because who else was going to better that?

Kolb has seemingly been on a collision course with this record for a while now, having completed a series of increasingly difficult lifts at events leading up to this one.

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Credit: Instagram/Jimmy Kolb
Credit: Instagram/Jimmy Kolb

Afterwards, he paid tribute to those who managed to get him to this point in his 'picking heavy stuff up' career, including Anderson Powerlifting and the team at the Unleashd Strength gym.

It takes a big team of people working together to get one man to this record, it would seem.

He shared a post on Instagram celebrating his remarkable achievement, writing: "Everyone always gives the lifter the credit when they do something badass... but I COULD NOT have done what I did yesterday without this family."

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Addressing gym owner Joseph Strada, he continued: "Thank you for not only being my friend, spotter, and team member but for bringing this community together."

To the rest of his team, he said: "Thank you for being my handlers, hand off crew, and always being there to keep me put together and healthy.

"I love you guys and I'm so proud to call each of you my team mates and friends.

"Thank you for all you do for ME, I only hope to give back to each of you what you give to me."

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Credit: Instagram/Jimmy Kolb
Credit: Instagram/Jimmy Kolb

It's nice isn't it?

In the process of lifting this amount, he not only broke, but shattered the record by around 6.8 kilograms, or - again - about 15lbs.

According to Open Powerlifting, he's competed in 29 powerlifting events since the age of 18, winning 21 and being disqualified from eight.

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Perhaps he'll now set his mind to breaking his own record.

Or maybe he'll just go for a long rest. He's earned it.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/Jimmy Kolb

Topics: Instagram, SPORT, World News, Weightlifting, powerlifting, Interesting, US News, Bodybuilding, Weird

Tom Wood
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