Progression of the bench press world record

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Bench press world records are the international records in bench press across the years, regardless of weight class or governing organization, for bench pressing on the back without using a bridge technique. The advent of bench press shirts, which support the lifter's shoulders and provide upward force, have increased records significantly since 1985 (for example, when the shirted record was 438.64 kg (965 lb), the unshirted record was 323.41 kg (713 lb)).[1] As of 2015, the world record bench press without a bench shirt is 335 kg (739 lb), set by Kirill Sarychev (Russia) in November 2015.[2][3][4] The women bench press record (single lift) belongs to Sandra Lönn from Sweden, who lifted 235.0 kg (517 lb) and the women bench press record belongs to Hugdal Hildeborg from Norway, who lifted 227.0 kg (499.4 lb) (IPF standards). [5]

Prior to IPF Formation[edit]

Weight Year Record Gear
164 kg (362 lb) 1898 Georg Hackenschmidt presses 164 kg (361 lb).[6] raw
165 kg (364 lb) 1916 Joe Nordquest presses 165 kg (363 lb).[6] raw
227.27 kg (501.0 lb) early 1950s Doug Hepburn becomes the first man to bench press 400, 450, and 500 lb. In November 1950 he pressed 400 lb (181.82 kg). He pressed 450 lb (204.55 kg) in 1951, and 500 lb (227.27 kg) in December 1953.[1][6] raw
256.82 kg (566.2 lb) 1959 Bruno Sammartino presses 256.82 kg (565 lb).[7] raw
279.2 kg (616 lb) 1967 Pat Casey presses 615.5 lb (279.2 kg) on March 25, 1967 and becomes the first man to bench press over 600 lb.[8] raw
288.64 kg (636.3 lb) 1971 Jim Williams presses 635 lb (288.64 kg) at the Eastern USA Open. Then in November, he presses 661 lb (300.45 kg).[9][10] raw
306.2 kg (675 lb) 1972 Jim Williams presses 675 lb (306.2 kg) with only ace bandages on his elbows, wearing a T-shirt on November 9, at the 1972 AAU World Powerlifting Championships.[8][11][12] raw

Foundation of the International Powerlifting Federation[edit]

With the foundation of the IPF (International Powerlifting Federation), the Federation began keeping "official" powerlifting world records as the international governing body for the sport of powerlifting. Previous records which hadn't been set within the newly established rules, were reset (For example, elbow bandages had been allowed prior to the formation of the IPF, but were later outlawed). These are the official bench press records after the IPF-reset until they surpass the previously set mark of 306 kg (675 lb) by Jim Williams.

Weight Year Record Gear
263 kg (580 lb) 1973 Don Reinhoudt presses 580.04 lb (263 kg) Raw at the inaugural IPF World Powerlifting Championships in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on November 10, 1973.[13] raw
267.6 kg (590 lb) 1974 Don Reinhoudt presses 590 lb (267.6 kg) raw at the AAU Senior National Championships in Fort Worth, Texas on September 1, 1974.[13] raw
275.5 kg (607 lb) 1975 Don Reinhoudt presses 607.37 lb (275.5 kg) Raw on May 3, 1975 in Chattanooga.[12][13] raw
276.69 kg (610.0 lb) 1977 Wayne Bouvier presses 610 lb (276.69 kg) in August, 1977.[14] raw
277.5 kg (612 lb) 1978 Doug Young presses 611.8 lb (277.5 kg) on April 3, 1978 in El Dorado, Arkansas.[12] raw
278 kg (613 lb) 1979 Lars Hedlund presses 612.9 lb (278 kg) on June 21, 1979 in Stockholm.[15] raw
282.5 kg (623 lb) 1979 Bill Kazmaier presses 617.3 lb[16] (280.0 kg) on July 8 at the USPF Nationals in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi and then breaks his own record with 622.8 lb (282.5 kg) on November 4, 1979 in Dayton, Ohio at the IPF Men's World Powerlifting Championships.[17][18] raw
285 kg (628 lb) 1980 Lars Hedlund presses 628.3 lb (285.0 kg) on March 4, 1980 Copenhagen.[12][15] raw
287.5 kg (634 lb) 1980 Bill Kazmaier presses 633.83 lb (287.5 kg) despite quadriceps injury at the 1980 World Series of Powerlifting in May 1980 in Auburn, Alabama.[17][18][19] raw
300 kg (660 lb) 1981 Bill Kazmaier first presses 639.3 lb[16] (290.0 kg) and then 661.4 lb[12] (300.0 kg) at the USPF West Georgia Open Powerlifting Championships, held in Columbus, Georgia on January 31, 1981 to become the first human to officially bench press 300 kg (661.4 lb)(raw) in an IPF-sanctioned meet (and without elbow wraps).[17][18] raw
302.5 kg (667 lb) 1984 Ted Arcidi presses 666.9 lb (302.50 kg) without wrist wraps on April 1, 1984 in Honolulu, Hawaii at the Hawaiian Internationals at only 286 lb bodyweight.[12] raw

Equipped (with bench shirt)[edit]

Weight Year Record Gear
320 kg (710 lb) 1985 Ted Arcidi first presses 678 lb[20] and then becomes the first man to bench press over 700 lb with a lift of 705.5 lb (320.0 kg),[21] performed without wrist wraps, but with one of the first prototype supportive bench press shirts, which was 50% polyester and 50% cotton and only one layer thick.[1][22] shirt
325.72 kg (718.1 lb) 1990 Ted Arcidi presses 718.1 lb (325.72 kg) at the APF Bench Press Invitational on September 30 in Keene, New Hampshire.[23] shirt
328.85 kg (725.0 lb) 1993 Anthony Clark presses 725 lb (328.85 kg) in May and then on September 25, breaks his own record with a 735 lb (333.39 kg) lift at the USPF Northwest Open.[24] shirt
334.75 kg (738.0 lb) 1994 Anthony Clark presses 738 lb (334.75 kg).[25][26] shirt
335.66 kg (740.0 lb) 1995 Jamie Harris presses 740 lb (335.66 kg) at the APF State Championships in March 1995.[26][27][28] shirt
336.11 kg (741.0 lb) 1995 Chris Confessore presses 741 lb (336.11 kg) at only 236 lb bodyweight on June 17, 1995.[25] shirt
339.29 kg (748.0 lb) 1995 Anthony Clark presses 748 lb (339.29 kg) and 750 lb (340.19 kg) at the Great Bench Press of America Meet in Texas.[29] shirt
349.26 kg (770.0 lb) 1996 Anthony Clark presses 770 lb (349.26 kg) and later 780 lb (353.80 kg) in September 1996 at the Mr. Olympia.[29] shirt
356 kg (785 lb) 1997 Anthony Clark presses 785 lb (356.0 kg).[29] shirt
363.78 kg (802.0 lb) 1999 Tim Isaac is the first man to bench press over 800 lb* with a lift of 802 lb (363.78 kg) on July 24 in Phoenix, Arizona.[30][31] shirt
409.09 kg (901.9 lb) 2003 Gene Rychlak is the first man to bench press 900 lb (409.09 kg).[32] shirt
456.36 kg (1,006.1 lb) 2004 Gene Rychlak is the first man to bench press over 1000 lb with a lift of 1004 lb (456.36 kg) in November.[33] shirt
458.18 kg (1,010.1 lb) 2006 Scot Mendelson presses 1008 lb (458.18 kg) (February 18) in a powerlifting exhibition called FIT EXPO in Pasadena, CA.[33][34] shirt
459.09 kg (1,012.1 lb) 2006 Gene Rychlak presses 1010 lb (459.09 kg) (December 16).[35] shirt
470.91 kg (1,038.2 lb) 2007 Ryan Kennelly presses 1036 lb (470.91 kg) (September 22–23).[36] shirt
476.27 kg (1,050.0 lb) 2007 Ryan Kennelly presses 1050 lb (476.27 kg) (December 1).[37] shirt
485.34 kg (1,070.0 lb) 2008 Ryan Kennelly presses 1070 lb (485.34 kg) (April 12).[38] shirt
487.5 kg (1,075 lb) 2008 Ryan Kennelly presses 1074.8 lb (487.5 kg) (July 13).[39] shirt
487.6 kg (1,075 lb) 2008 Ryan Kennelly presses 1075.0 lb (487.6 kg) (November 8).[40][41] shirt

* note: Anthony Clark performed a controversial 800-pound bench press at the Arnold Classic in 1997, 2 years before Tim Isaac. This lift was, however, later turned down.

Unequipped (without bench shirt)[edit]

For the bench press to be considered raw, no bench shirts are allowed; however, wrist wraps, singlets and belts are allowed. Elbow bandages had been allowed prior to the formation of the IPF, but were later outlawed.

Weight Year Record Gear
322 kg (710 lb) 1996 James Henderson presses 705 lb[42] raw in a T-shirt without wrist wraps or a belt to become the first man to bench press over 700 lb raw in May 1996.[43] raw
322.5 kg (711 lb) 1997 James Henderson first presses 699.97 lb[42][44] and on a later attempt the same day 711 lb (322.5 kg)[12][42] raw without wrist wraps or a belt on July 13, 1997 at the USPF Senior Nationals in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (full three-lift-meet).[45] Today, it is still the highest bench press ever performed in a drug-tested competition as well as the highest ever done in an IPF-sanctioned three-lift-meet.[46] raw
323.4 kg (713 lb) 2003 Scot Mendelson presses 713 lb (323.4 kg) on February 8, 2003.[44][46] raw
324.3 kg (715 lb) 2005 Scot Mendelson presses 715 lb (324.3 kg) with belt and wrist wraps on May 22, 2005 in Worcester, Massachusetts at the New England Bench Press Classic.[12][44][46][47] raw
325 kg (717 lb) 2013 Eric Spoto first presses 716 lb (325 kg) and then 722 lb (327.5 kg) with belt and wrist wraps on May 19, 2013 at the 2013 SPF California State Powerlifting Meet in Sacramento, California. Eric successfully benched 661 lb on his 1st, 716 lb on his 2nd and 722 lb on his 3rd attempt on the same day.[48] raw
335 kg (739 lb) 2015 Kirill Sarychev presses 739 lb (335 kg) with wrist wraps and without a belt on Nov 22, 2015 at the "SN-PRO CUP". Link raw

IPC Powerlifting[edit]

International Paralympic Committee regulates unequipped paralympic powerlifting competition without wrist wraps or belt.

Weight Year Record Gear
305 kg (672 lb) 2015 Siamand Rahman presses 295 kg (650 lb) on July 30, 2015, at the 2015 IPC Powerlifting Asian Open Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan;[49] presses 305 kg (672 lb) on December 28, 2012.[50] raw
310 kg (680 lb) 2016 Siamand Rahman presses 310 kg (682 lb) on September 14, 2016, at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[51] raw

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