Kirill Sarychev

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Kirill Sarychev
Kirill Sarychev, March 2021.jpg
Sarychev in 2021
Born (1989-01-01) 1 January 1989 (age 33)
Height197 cm (6 ft 6 in)[1]

Kirill Igorevich Sarychev (Russian: Кирилл Игоревич Сарычев; born 1 January 1989) is a Russian powerlifter. He previously held the world record in the raw bench press with a lift of 335 kg (738.5 lb).[citation needed] In 2016, he set a world record raw three-lift powerlifting total of 1,082.5 kg (2,386.5 lb).[2]

Personal life[edit]

Sarychev was born on 1 January 1989 in the town of Pugachyov, Saratov Oblast. His father was also large, standing at 192 cm (6 ft 3+12 in) and weighing 130 kg (287 lb).[1]

Sarychev graduated with honours from School No. 1, Pugachev, Saratov Oblast, and then from the Pugachyov Hydrological Land Improvement Technical College in 2007. In 2012 he earned a degree from the Saratov State Vavilov Agrarian University.[1] As of 2015, he is a police officer of the Ministry of Internal Affairs General Administration for the city of Moscow.[3]

Powerlifting career[edit]

Sarychev first became interested in powerlifting at the age of 15. At the time he weighed 72 kg (158.7 lb), benched 90 kg (198.4 lb), squatted 90 kg (198.4 lb), and deadlifted 110 kg (242.5 lb).[1] He soon found a coach, Victor Mikheyev, and made rapid progress. He began preparing for competitions in the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF). He preferred to lift without equipment (raw) but was unable to keep up with other powerlifters who competed in the IPF if he did not use equipment.[1]

In 2009, while at the World Powerlifting Congress World Championships in Rostov-on-Don, Sarychev met Andrey Fedoseyev, who invited him to compete at the 2010 Battle of Champions, to be held in Arkhangelsk.[1] The event featured two raw divisions – bench press and deadlift. Sarychev participated in both. Deadlift placement was determined by the Glossbrenner formula; Sarychev placed fifth, pulling 320 kg (705.5 lb). In the bench press, he placed first, pressing 300 kg (661.4 lb). After this event, Sarychev began training under Boris Sheiko. Sarychev competed at the Battle of Champions again in 2011, winning silver, and for a third time in 2012, winning gold.[1]

At the 2014 Battle of Champions competition, Sarychev bench pressed 326 kg (718.7 lb), passing the 324.5 kg (715.4 lb) mark of Scot Mendelson set in 2005. Sarychev was, at this time, second only to Eric Spoto, whose 2013 record stood at 327.5 kg (722.0 lb).[1]

In 2015, at the SN PRO Cup of Bench Press and Deadlift, Sarychev benched 330 kg (727.5 lb) in his second attempt, exceeding the previous world record by 2.5 kg (6 lb). In his third attempt, Sarychev raised it even further, pressing 335 kg (738.5 lb).[citation needed]

In 2016, he set a world record in raw three-lift powerlifting with a total of 1,082.5 kg (2,386.5 lb).[2] He benched 320 kg (705.5 lb), squatted 360 kg (793.7 lb), and deadlifted 402.5 kg (887.4 lb).[4]

Creation of World Raw Powerlifting Federation[edit]

In 2014, Sarychev founded a new powerlifting federation, the World Raw Powerlifting Federation (WRPF), and became its president. He has stated he hopes to see powerlifting become an Olympic sport.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Staff writer(s) (14 September 2017). "Кирилл Сарычев" [Kirill Sarychev] (in Russian). ЖимЛежа.
  2. ^ a b Doly, Jake (21 November 2016). "Kirill Sarychev Lifts World Record Raw Powerlifting Total At 2,386.5 lbs". BarBend.
  3. ^ Staff writer(s) (2 July 2015). "A Police officer of the Russian MIA has set a record of the World Police and Fire Games in absolute weight category of 125 + kg". Press-Center of the MIA of Russia.
  4. ^ Staff writer(s) (2 July 2017). "Kirill Sarychev – Einer der Weltbesten im Bankdrücken!". Gannikus (in German).
  5. ^ Подколзина, Надежда (31 October 2017). "Кирилл Сарычев: 2017 год богат на рекорды". Советский спорт (in Russian).

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