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18-Year-Old Mahailya Reeves (+84KG) Wins 2022 AMP Sub-Junior Nationals


18-Year-Old Mahailya Reeves (+84KG) Scores IPF Bench Press World Record At 2022 AMP Sub-Junior Nationals

Reeves captured her second National Title and could burst onto the international scene soon enough.

On June 18, 2022, powerlifter Mahailya Reeves (+84kg) completed a bench press of 165 kilograms (363.8 pounds) during the 2022 Powerlifting America (AMP) Classic (Raw) Sub-Junior, Junior, and Master Nationals in Orlando, FL. Reeves’ bench press figure is an unofficial International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) Open World Record. It helped her eventually attain the AMP Sub-Junior National Title in the 84-kilogram-plus division.

Reeves wore just a lifting belt on both her top squat and deadlift reps. She wore no additional equipment for her top bench press. Here are the athlete’s top stats on those lifts from the contest:

Mahailya Reeves (+84KG) | 2022 AMP Classic (Raw) Sub-Junior Nationals Top Stats

Squat — 225 kilograms (496 pounds)
Bench Press — 165 kilograms (363.8 pounds) | Unofficial +84KG IPF Open World Record
Deadlift — 220 kilograms (485 pounds)
Total — 610 kilograms (1,344.8 pounds)

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While the AMP has an association with the IPF, it isn’t an international contest. That explains why Reeves — with her 165-kilogram (363.8-pound) bench press — doesn’t possess the official 84-kilogram-plus World Record. That mark still belongs to France’s Amélie Mierger.

Among a litany of noteworthy performances from other athletes at the 2022 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships, Mierger broke the 84-kilogram-plus World Record with a bench press of 163 kilograms (359.3 pounds)

Notably, in the past, Reeves has achieved better numbers on her squat, bench press, and total, respectively. Here are the athlete’s top all-time competition personal records (PR):

Mahailya Reeves | All-Time Competition PRs

Squat — 245 kilograms (540.1 pounds) | 2019 USA Powerlifting (USAPL) Raw Nationals
Bench Press — 172.3 kilograms (380 pounds) | 2022 Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Class 1A Region 2 Meet
Deadlift — 220 kilograms (485 pounds) | 2022 AMP Classic (Raw) Sub-Junior Nationals
Total — 612.5 kilograms (1,350.3 pounds) | 2019 USAPL Raw Nationals

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Reeves at a Glance

The final result at the 2022 Powerlifting America (AMP) Classic (Raw) Sub-Junior, Junior, and Master Nationals gave Reeves her first win in a Nationals competition since 2019. Throughout her competitive career that began in January 2018, the American athlete has missed the podium just once.

Here’s a rundown of some of Reeves’ more noteworthy competition results to date:

Mahailya Reeves | Noteworthy Career Results

2019 FHSAA Florida State Finals (Raw) — First place
2019 USAPL Southeast Regionals (Raw) — First place
*2019 USAPL Raw Nationals (Raw; Teenager) — First place
2020 FHSAA Girls Weightlifting State Championships (Raw) — First place
2021 USAPL 3rd Annual Ocala Open Super Total X3 Championships (Raw) — First place
2022 FHSAA Class 1A Region 2 Meet (Raw) — First place
2022 FHSAA Girls Weightlifting State Championships (Raw) — First place
2022 AMP Classic Sub-Junior Nationals (Raw) — First place

*Reeves also competed in the Open at the 2019 USAPL Raw Nationals, where she attained third place. 

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At the time of this writing, Reeves has not confirmed her next competition. Much of her recent posts on her social media have understandably centered around the 2022 AMP Sub-Junior Nationals contest. With Reeves exceeding the bench press World Record twice now, she could next plan to feature on an international sanctioned lifting platform to make the figure official.

Given her overall strength and bench press prowess, it’s likely only a matter of time before Reeves makes waves again.

Featured image: @powerlifting_america on Instagram

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