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Powerlifter Kimberly Walford Qualifies for 2019 IPF Classic World Championships

Powerlifting legend Kimberly Walford recently headed to Nauru to compete and qualify for the 2019 IPF Classic World Championships.

It has been an eventful two years filled with ups and down for powerlifting legend Kimberly Walford, although, judging from her last Instagram post hopefully her latest “up” trend continues. Yesterday, Walford shared her results from the Nauru Independence Day 50th Anniversary Powerlifting Championships on her Instagram page, and her most recent “up” is a qualification to the 2019 IPF Classic World Championships and two new Master’s 1 (M1) world records.

This is big news for Walford and all of her fans. Why? Well, less than a month ago, Walford was unable to officially compete at the IPF Classic World Championships/in the IPF for her nominated country the United States Virgin Islands. In May of 2018, Walford announced that she’d be missing the 2018 IPF Classic World Championships, and attending USPA Drug Tested Nationals instead (which she handily won!).

After many meetings with the IPF, Walford announced on January 1st (2019) that she was re-granted eligibility to compete for the United States Virgin Islands in the IPF and that ruling went into effect immediately. And now all of this brings us to the topic and significance of this article, as her latest performance has just officially stamped a ticket to the 2019 Classic World Championships.

In her Instagram video’s description Walford writes, “Sooo happy to have qualified for 2019 Classic Worlds in Sweden/broken the M1 DL and TL WRs!!.1st Open/M1 72kg, Best Open/M1 lifter, Female Champion of Champions (402.3#)182.5kg-(242.5#)110kg-(523.6#)237.5kg-(1168.45)530kg TL”

Continued, BW: “(156.52#)71kg. Huge proper “thank you’s” to everyone on FB because I don’t know how to do long post on IG. Posted 2nd attempt**no lift***248kg because it’s motivation, no video of 1st attempt. Nauru has been amazing!!!”

This latest performance only adds to Walford’s long list of accomplishments in powerlifting. Currently, Walford owns the IPF Women’s -72kg Classic world records for the deadlift (243kg) and total (540kg). On top of those records and as mentioned above, Walford now also owns the IPF Women’s -72kg Classic M1 world records in the deadlift (237.5kg) and total (530kg).

Like many others, we are thrilled to see Walford back on the IPF world-level platform this June, and to summarize it best like many of the comments on Instagram did, “The queen is back!”

Feature image from @trackfu Instagram page. 

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Jake Boly

Jake Boly

Jake holds a Master's in Sports Science and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as the Fitness and Training Editor at BarBend.

He's a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand.

As of right now, Jake has published over 1,200 articles related to strength athletes and sports. Articles about powerlifting concepts, advanced strength & conditioning methods, and topics that sit atop a strong science foundation are Jake's bread-and-butter.

On top of his personal writing, Jake edits and plans content for 15 writers and strength coaches who come from every strength sport.

Prior to BarBend, Jake worked for two years as a strength and conditioning coach for hockey and lacrosse players, and a personal trainer the three years before that, and most recently he was the content writer at The Vitamin Shoppe's corporate office.

Jake competes in powerlifting in the 181 lb weight class, and considers himself a professional knee rehabber after tearing his quad squatting in 2017. On the side of writing full time, Jake works as a part-time strength coach and works with clients through his personal business Concrete Athletics in New York City.

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