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In a spring full of noteworthy milestones, Tiffany Chapon continues to push new boundaries with her strength. On May 8, 2022, the powerlifter — who competes in the 47-kilogram weight class — completed a massive squat of 166 kilograms (366 pounds) during a training session. Chapon donned wrist wraps, a lifting belt, and knee sleeves for the lift.
It’s worth noting that while pushing her squat, the main person Chapon continues to outdo is herself. Chapon’s new high squat mark exceeds her own current IPF World Record of 153 kilograms (337.3 pounds) from the 2021 European Powerlifting Federation (EPF) European Classic Powerlifting Championships by 13 kilograms (28.7 pounds). Even if this latest feat is an unofficial record — since it didn’t occur in a sanctioned competition — Chapon’s continued squat prowess remains quite impressive.
This squat didn’t come without resistance for Chapon, who took a somewhat longer pause at the bottom before eventually powering through the rep.
“Some turbulence on the ascent, but, hey, we go with it.”
Nonetheless, it’s a figure that the French athlete is understandably proud of as she charges full steam ahead toward the summer.
The End of the Block
Thus far in 2022, Chapon has participated in just one official powerlifting meet — the 2022 Fédération Française de Force (FFForce) Championnats de France Élite de Force Athlétique in March. She came in first place in that competition, which continues a string of success with six victories in eight meets throughout her young career.
In addition to her IPF World Record squat, Chapon could likely transfer over some of her other recent training marks and turn them into records soon.
In mid-April 2022, Chapon captured a 100-kilogram (220.4-pound) bench press. If that press were to happen in an official meet, it would eclipse Hanna Rantala’s current 95.5-kilogram (210.5-pound) world record set at the 2017 International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) World Classic Powerlifting Championships by almost 10 pounds.
Chapon also logged a 435-kilogram total (959-pound) on that same day, which exceeds Chen Wei-Ling’s current world record total of 407.5 kilograms (897.3 pounds), from the 2015 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships, by 27.5 kilograms.
Not by coincidence, Chapon’s recent training has been part of a buildup toward this year’s World Championships. A young champion, the French athlete (47KG) will defend her title from last year at the 2022 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships.
If a social media account proliferated with constant reminders of the upcoming prestigious meet wasn’t evidence enough of her excitement, Chapon can point to each of her recent strength achievements.
She will look for another top-tier, first-place result and likely try to break more records during the 2022 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships on June 6-12, 2022, in Sun City, South Africa.
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