Last month, 13-year-old Jacqueline Wickens set a world record for her age group by deadlifting 308 pounds. Now, she's aiming for 400 pounds by the time she's 18.
Not bad for a Spring Creek Middle School eighth-grader who didn't start lifting barbells until June and didn't begin competing until August.
Wickens set the world record at the World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters championship in Anaheim, California.
She was among 11 competitors in her 12-13 age group and weight
class, and most of the others had far more experience.
On her first lift, Wickens hoisted 270 pounds. She added 22 pounds and broke the previous world record of 281 pounds on her second lift. Wickens then lifted 308 pounds, but fell short in her final attempt at 314 pounds.
The women's world record is 501 pounds set in 2005.
Wickens' says her ability to lift a weight that would give many grown men trouble surprises even her.
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