Worlds 2014 – Aurora Co, USA

Squat: -793.7/360, 793.7/360, 821.2/372.5(NR)
Bench: 584.2/265, 606.3/275, -617.3/280
Deadlift: 705.5/320, -744.1/337.5, 744.1/337.5(NR)
Total: 2171.5/985(NR)
BW: 295.9/134.2
Wilks: 554.07 (PR)

This was my fifth time at worlds and my best performance ever. I went in with bigger goals but I’m really happy with how things turned out. Considering I went 6/9 I ended with a 12kg personal best total including a 2.5kg squat PB and a 9.5kg deadlift PB. I left a lot of kilos on the platform on squat and deadlift.

My first squat was called down for depth but I came back and smoked it on my second and took an aggressive(for me) jump on my third, which was still easy, I think I had 380+ in me. Basically as soon as I put my shirt on and did my last warmup I knew it wasn’t on quite right. However having only a 20 minute break I was out of time to make any other changes so I just went with it. Luckily my opener was still a smoke show, but my second attempt was quite hard. However I felt the small jump to my third was still safe but I was wrong, it was stuck out front right off my chest and I couldn’t get it locked out.

Deadlifts were another story, things felt good and I knew I had a shot for a medal or at least a chance to pull for 1000kg total. Not to be as on my second attempt the bar got out front of me and had some downward motion, then to top it off more as I stood at lockout the calluses on my left hand tore off. I dropped the bar and yelled in frustration. Walking off the platform I thought I was done for the day but Rhaea put in my third attempt anyway. With some help cutting the skin off and and rubbing some chalk on it I was able to push through the pain and pull my third.