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The Ladies’s 69KG Class Dominated the 2024 Sheffield Powerlifting Championships

The 2024 Sheffield Powerlifting Championships gave loads to speak about. Twenty-four of one of the best uncooked athletes within the Worldwide Powerlifting Federation (IPF) joined the fray on Feb. 10, 2024. The Ladies’s contest was dominated by one weight class — the 69-kilogram class.

Sheffield is scored on every athlete’s proportion of the IPF complete world document of their weight class and awards financial bonuses for any Open world data damaged. The ladies’s 69-kilogram class was significantly tempting because the world document complete was decrease than that within the weight class beneath — three athletes took benefit of this:

2024 Sheffield Powerlifting Championships — Ladies’s 69KG

  • Prescillia Bavoil (France) — 2023 World Champion within the 69-kilogram class
  • Carola Garra (Italy) — 2023 World Champion within the 63-kilogram class
  • Agata Sitko (Poland) — 2023 silver medallist within the 76-kilogram class

With Garra shifting up and Sitko shifting down a weight class, it was difficult to foretell the result. It was a extensively anticipated match-up, and it didn’t disappoint.

[Related: Delaney Wallace (83KG) Sets IPF Raw Total World Record of 842.5 Kilograms at 2024 Sheffield Championships]


Going into the competitors, the IPF uncooked squat world document stood at 211.5 kilograms (466 kilos) and belonged to Bavoil, who set it on the 2023 IPF Basic World Championships (CWC) in Malta.

Garra was first to take a swing on the squat document. She efficiently squatted 215 kilograms (474 kilos) on her second try, however Bavoil instantly took it again with a powerful 218 kilograms (481 kilos).

In the meantime, Sitko ran her personal race. It was all the time clear Sitko could be behind the opposite two at this stage of the competitors. Nonetheless, regardless of Sitko’s weight reduce, she hit a private greatest 197.5 kilograms (435 kilos).

Garra broke the squat document once more with 220 kilograms (485 kilos), however Bavoil hit straight again with 225 kilograms (496 kilos). This gained Bavoil £5,000 for setting a brand new IPF uncooked squat world document and matched Marianna Gasparyan’s all-time world document within the 67.5-kilogram class.

  • Bavoil — 207.5, 218, 225 kilograms — IPF Open World Document
  • Garra — 205, 215, 220 kilograms
  • Agata — 185, 192.5, 197.5 kilograms

[Related: Evie Corrigan (52KG) Sets IPF Raw Deadlift and Total World Records at 2024 Sheffield Championships]

Bench Press

Though Bavoil led after squat, she was a good manner behind the opposite two on the bench press and needed to bide her time whereas they surged forward. Sitko opened on a world document try of 146 kilograms (322 kilos) and made it look straightforward. This was not simply any outdated world document bench press, however Jennifer Thompson’s world document bench. To interrupt it with an opener was significantly spectacular.

Garra obtained in on the motion with 146.5 kilograms (323 kilos) for her second try, however Sitko smoked 152 kilograms (335 kilos) after which 154 kilograms (339.5 kilos), pushing the document past Garra’s attain. Sitko’s third try was the examined all-time document bench press within the 75-kilogram class.

  • Sitko — 146, 152, 154 kilograms — IPF Open World Document
  • Garra — 140, 146.5, 150 kilograms
  • Bavoil — 110, 117.5, 122.5 kilograms

Astonishingly, for athletes competing arduous and hitting world data, they have been all at six for six profitable lifts. Right here’s the state of affairs because it stood at sub-total:

  • Garra — 370 kilograms
  • Sitko — 351.5 kilograms
  • Bavoil — 347.5 kilograms

Though Garra was a good manner out in entrance, her greatest lifts have been behind her, and the deadlifters have been about to swarm previous.


The world data began to return thick and quick in deadlifts. Garra opened and took the entire world document with 572.5 kilograms (1,262 kilos). Bavoil matched the entire however didn’t take the document, even with lighter body weight, because the world document all the time goes to the primary athlete to interrupt it, even when it was solely seconds earlier than.

Nonetheless, the purpose was moot when Sitko opened with a colossal 235 kilograms (518 kilos) and moved the entire world document as much as 586.5 kilograms (1,293 kilos).

Bavoil and Garra marched in lockstep within the second spherical, each totaling 582.5 kilograms (1,284 kilos), however Sitko wasn’t carried out. Sitko hit a quick 242-kilogram (533.5-pound) deadlift to take Kimberly Walford’s long-standing deadlift world document, additionally extending the entire world document to 593.5 kilograms (1,308 kilos).

With solely a 10-kilogram (22-pound) unfold throughout the Garra, Bavoil, and Sitko, any one in all them may nonetheless declare victory. Garra was the primary to the platform for his or her remaining elevate. She tried 225 kilograms (496 kilos) to take the lead, nevertheless it stalled out mid-shin, and he or she couldn’t full it.

Bavoil aimed for second place and took the minimal increment of two.5 kilograms (5.5 kilos) to sneak previous Garra. It was most likely the fitting transfer, as there was no stopping Sitko. Sitko loaded up 248.5 kilograms (548 kilos) to provide her the 600-kilogram (1,323-pound) complete that she aimed for.

It was a tricky lockout, however Sitko obtained it to the highest. She fell to the platform, feelings spilling over as she waited for the ref’s resolution. Three white lights shone throughout the platform, and Sitko pounded the barbell triumphantly.

  • Sitko — 248.5-kilogram deadlift — 600-kilogram complete
  • Bavoil — 237.5-kilogram deadlift — 585-kilogram complete
  • Garra — 212.5-kilogram deadlift — 582.5-kilogram complete

[Related: Amanda Lawrence (84KG) Scores IPF Raw Squat and Total World Records at 2024 Sheffield Championships]

[Related: Jesus Olivares (+120KG) Sets IPF Raw Squat World Record of 478 Kilograms at 2024 Sheffield]

A Superlative Efficiency

This excellent nine-for-nine efficiency scored Sitko 109.29 % of the entire world document and general victory within the competitors. However that’s not all. With 124.40 GL factors, Sitko moved to the very high of the IPF uncooked rankings, displacing Bavoil. Nobody, male or feminine, has ever achieved extra. Extremely, Sitko additionally holds the highest outfitted rating, too.

Sitko has the best examined dots of any uncooked lady, whether or not in wraps or sleeves. It begs the query of what’s left to attain for this 21-year-old.

With bonuses for the bench press, deadlift, and complete world data so as to add to her £25,000 (~$31,500) winners’ prize purse, Sitko took house an enormous £40,000 (~$50,500) payout. She intends to compete within the IPF Basic World Championships and the IPF Outfitted World Championships in 2024.

Can one individual probably win all three of the IPF’s greatest contests in a single 12 months? If anybody can, Sitko can.

Featured picture: @carolagarra, @lya_powerlift, and @ja.gata_sitko on Instagram

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