June Digest - The Latest News in the World of Strength Sports

June Digest – The Latest News in the World of Strength Sports


Welcome to our June digest, where we bring you the latest news and highlights in the world of strength sports. From powerlifting and weightlifting to strongman, there’s always something exciting happening in the world of strength sports.

In this edition, we’ll take a closer look at some of the most impressive performances and surprising developments from the past few weeks. So, grab a protein shake and get ready to be inspired, informed, and entertained!

Oleksii Novikov Withdraws from the 2023 Strongman Classic

In a surprising turn of events, the reigning World’s Strongest Man Oleksii Novikov withdrew from the 2023 Strongman Classic. While the reason for his decision remains unknown, it has sparked speculation and curiosity among fans and fellow athletes.

Novikov’s victory in the 2020 WSM competition was a remarkable accomplishment, making him the first Ukrainian to win the title. His absence from the Strongman Classic has raised questions about the upcoming competition and its potential impact on the results, as Novikov was considered one of the favorites to win.

Oleksiy Novikov

Anatolii Novopismennyi Sets IPF Raw Squat and Total World Records

Anatolii Novopismennyi is one of Ukraine’s most successful powerlifters. 

The nine-for-nine performance included a new International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) world record raw squat of 362.5 kilograms and a world record raw total of 940 kilograms, which he clinched by lifting an impressive 35 kilograms more than his closest competitor.

Novopismennyi shone in all categories, with his precise executions and excellent form paving the way for extraordinary results. Weighted in officially, just over 104 kilograms, Novopismennyi’s name will be remembered in the powerlifting community for his incredible achievements.

Anatolii Novopismennyi

Full Results:


– 345 kilograms (760.6 pounds)

– 355 kilograms (782.6 pounds)

– 362.5 kilograms (799.2 pounds) – IPF Raw World Record

Bench Press

– 212.5 kilograms (468.5 pounds)

– 222.5 kilograms (490.5 pounds)

– 225 kilograms (496 pounds)


– 330 kilograms (727.5 pounds)

– 340 kilograms (749.6 pounds)

– 352.5 kilograms (777.1 pounds)


– 940 kilograms (2,072.4 pounds) – IPF Raw World Record

​​IWF Grand Prix I: Full Results

The road to the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris is getting shorter each day, and elite weightlifters from around the globe are vying for a spot in the competition. One of the key qualifying events leading up to the Olympics is the International Weightlifting Federation’s Grand Prix.

The first Grand Prix competition of 2023, held from June 8th to 18th in Havana, Cuba, was nothing short of exhilarating, with some lifters setting new world records. Here, we dive into the full results of the competition, including all of the podium rankings.

IWF Grand Prix I

Here are the podium results:

Men’s Results:

  • 55kg: Osmel Castillo Argote (CUB) – 222 kg (98/124)
  • 61kg: Ricko Saputra (INA) – 295 kg (134/161)
  • 67kg: Eko Yuli Irawan (INA) – 321 kg (145/176)
  • 73kg: Ryan Grimsland (USA) – 327 kg (145/182)
  • 81kg: Rahmat Erwin Abdullah (INA) – 358 kg (156/202)
  • 102kg: Yauheni Tsikhantsou (AIN) – 390 kg (178/212)
  • 109kg: Yunseong Jin (KOR) – 361 kg (165/196)
  • +109kg: Ali Davoudi (IRI) – 441 kg (203/238)

Women’s Results:

  • 45kg: Rosielis Coromoto Quintana Mendoza (VEN) – 159 kg (68/91)
  • 49kg: Beatriz Elizabeth Piron Candelario (DOM) – 191kg (86/105)
  • 55kg: Jourdan Delacruz (USA) – 195 kg (85/110)
  • 59kg: Janeth Gomez Valdivia (MEX) – 223 kg (98/125)
  • 71kg: Angie Paola Palacios Dajomes (ECU) – 261 kg (121WR/140)
  • 76kg: Katherine Vibert (USA) – 247 kg (110/137)
  • 81kg: Solfrid Koanda (NOR) – 266 kg (116/150)
  • 87kg: Ying-Yuan Lo (TPE) – 235 kg (106/129)
  • +87kg: Mary Theisen-Lappen (USA) – 277 kg (119/158)
IWF Winners 2023

Angie Palacios Dajomes (ECU) set a new world record in the women’s 71 kg category with a 121 kg snatch.

The 2023 IWF Grand Prix I held in Havana  was a powerful and impressive competition that showcased some of the most talented weightlifters from around the world. Their dedication and commitment to the sport are undeniable, and we can’t wait to see them compete in the Olympic Games in Paris next year. 

That wraps up our June digest, where we covered some of the most fascinating news in the world of strength sports. From record-breaking performances to surprising announcements, the strength world never fails to impress and inspire. We hope this roundup has given you a taste of what’s happening and left you feeling motivated to try something new in your own training. As always, stay strong and keep pushing your limits!

Ihor Shymechko

Author: Ihor Shymechko

Coach, PRO Olympic Weightlifter

Ihor Shymechko is a renowned Ukrainian weightlifter. He has represented his country in several Olympic Games, notably in 2008, 2012, and 2016. His impressive career includes winning the European championship in 2009 and earning a silver medal in 2011 in the +105 kg division. Shymechko also earned a Ph.D. from Lviv State University of Physical Culture.

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