He set a world record at the IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships in June 2017, lifting 208 kg in Minsk, Belarus.
Now, 18-year-old Singaporean powerlifter Matthew Yap has done it again.
On Tuesday, Dec. 5, at the Asian Classic Powerlifting Championships 2017, Yap broke his own world record by lifting an amazing 215.5 kg in a squat attempt.
But that wasn't enough for the powerlifting prodigy competing in Kerala, India.
He proceeded to set a new national record in the bench press by lifting 135kg. He also set a new Asian record for the deadlift event by lifting 237.5kg.
And perhaps most impressive of all, he broke the Total weight world record, which had stood for 4 years, with his cumulative lift of 588kg.
Yap credits his achievements to his coaching team, with a post on his Instagram account:
"What a way to end off my last sub junior year! #POWERLIFTING is a team sport. A massive thank you to the 3 brains behind my attempt selections. That was the only reason that I am able to retain my gold at this year’s Asians as I was facing an opponent that trashed me at worlds by a massive 32.5kg."
Made weight cut by sitting in sauna
Yap said that he almost didn't qualify for the competition as he was 5kg over the under-66kg weight limit.
Although it was a risk to his health, and against the advice of his elder brother and coach Marcus Yap, he decided to sit in a sauna and sweat away the excess weight.
Yap "nearly blacked out", but he managed to lose an incredible 5kg just in time to make the weigh-in. Speaking to Channel NewsAsia, he said:
"My brother was already telling me not to go ahead and that it would be okay for me to pull out, but I didn’t want to waste my efforts and money in coming to the event."
Somehow Yap pulled through, and went on ahead to make history.
While he previously had to crowdfund his plane ticket home from Belarus, he won't have to do so this time — one less thing to worry about, thankfully.
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#CoachbyMARC 🌟 What a way to end off my last sub junior year! #POWERLIFTING is a team sport. A massive thank you to the 3 brains behind my attempt selections. That was the only reason that I am able to retain my gold at this year’s Asians as I was facing an opponent that trashed me at worlds by a massive 32.5kg. Along the way, I broke 3 world records and 5 asian records. The biggest takeaway is to be able to break the 4-year long standing TOTAL world record ! Blasting off my last competition as a sub-junior knowing that I have the highest total in history in the world is really heartwarming. EACH world record is becoming harder to take. Not because of the weights but the challenges faced. I have so many stories behind these world records that I can’t wait to tell. Finally, I just want to say a huge huge thank you to the Head Coach (@marcusdsk) and A.HC (@fatty.traininglog) of team @CoachbyMARC. Swipe right to see me break my own world record for the 3rd time!!
Top image from screen shot via @xmyzr on Instagram.