Bodie LaCoe is a two-time world champion.
Competing in Helsingborg, Sweden, and representing the United States, LaCoe captured the overall championship at the seventh International Powerlifting Federation World Championships in the Sub-junior 53 kilogram weight class with a three-lift total of 425 kilograms (937 pounds).
“It feels pretty good winning Worlds for a second time,” LaCoe said in a Facebook message. “I’m very happy that I was able to win and even more this time because my coach, Claude Welcome, was not there and since my brother, Dalton (LaCoe), was not there to help me, so I was a little more nervous this time around.”
LaCoe, who is also the reigning high school state and national champion, defended the crown he won last year in Calgary, Canada.
The 16-year-old, a sophomore at Abington Heights, won the deadlift with a pull of 190 kilograms (419 pounds) and the squat by lifting 150 kilograms (331 pounds). He finished second in the bench press with a weight of 85 kilograms (187 pounds).
Japan’s Kaito Fujita finished second with a total of 335 kilograms (739 pounds) and South Africa’s Tshepo Mulaudzi was third at
315 kilograms (694 pounds).
LaCoe’s total exceeded his mark of 928 pounds and he improved on his third-place finish in the squat from the 2018 championship event. He did, however, fall short of his world record set last year of 443 pounds in the deadlift.
“I am happy with how I did, but I could have done more in deadlift,” LaCoe said. “I was just having a bad deadlift day and will have to settle with what I got and hopefully come back next year without any mistakes.”
In October, LaCoe captured the 2018 Raw Sub-junior National Championship in the 116-pound, 14-18-year-old division in Spokane, Washington. He also won the title at the USA Powerlifting High School National Championships in Alexandria, Louisiana, in the Raw 53 kilogram weight class in April.
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