The record for the heaviest sumo deadlift in one minute was broken this week by 54-year-old Walter Urban (USA) in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

Walter sumo deadlifted 4,778.6 kg (10,535 lb), completing 49 repetitions of 97.5 kg (215 lb) during his record attempt.

The attempt was broadcast live on CBC's Sports Day in Canada.


The difference between a sumo deadlift and a traditional deadlift is that in the sumo deadlift, the legs are spread apart and the weight is lifted while gripping the bar in between the open legs.

The previous record for the heaviest deadlift in one minute was 4,680 kg (10,317 lb) by Markus Rücker (Germany) at the Marktplatz in Eilenburg, Germany, on 13 June 2011.