At 19 years of age, Agata Sitko has enjoyed a terrific 2022 season on the competitive lifting platform. Her latest output at the 2022 International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) World Classic Sub-Junior and Junior Championships in Istanbul, Turkey, from Aug. 27 to Sept. 4, 2022, is another impressive notch in the Polish athlete’s strength belt. 

Sitko broke the raw bench press IPF world record in the 84-kilogram division with a 147.5-kilogram (325.2-pound) press. While Sitko’s figure came during a Sub-Junior and Juniors competition, it is a new all-time IPF world record for all age groups in her weight class.

Sitko ranked first overall in the 84-kilogram Juniors category. Here’s an overview of each of Sitko’s top raw stats from this contest, including a competition personal record (PR) in the deadlift:

2022 IPF World Classic Junior Championships | Agata Sitko (84KG)

  • Squat — 195 kilograms (429.9 pounds)
  • Bench Press — 147.5 kilograms (325.2 pounds) — IPF World Record
  • Deadlift — 240 kilograms (529.1 pounds) — Competition PR
  • Total — 582.5 kilograms (1,284.2 pounds)

Note: Sitko typically competes in the 76-kilogram division. Of her 13 sanctioned meets at the time of this article’s publication, nine were at 76 kilograms.

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Even moving up a weight class, Sitko made seemingly effortless work of the previous bench press record. The Polish athlete’s new world record bench press surpassed Daniella Melo’s top mark from the 2021 IPF World Classic Championships by 10.5 kilograms (23.1 pounds).

Had Sitko stayed at76 kilograms, she would’ve surpassed her bench press record in that division by a smaller 2.5-kilogram (5.5-pound) margin.

Versatility on Display

In a year full of records and achievements, Sitko has staked a claim as a powerlifter to keep a keen eye on.  For example, in seven 2022 contest appearances, Sitko won on six occasions. Sitko broke five equipped world records at the 2022 European Junior Championships in early May. She then eclipsed some of her marks with three new equipped world records at the 2022 World Games in mid-July. 

Not many athletes can say they own the IPF raw total (585 kilograms (1,289.7 pounds)) and equipped world records (726 kilograms (1,600.56 pounds)) in the same division. Yet, according to the IPF database, that’s precisely the position Sitko sits in with her past accomplishments as a 76-kilogram competitor.

Note: With a 704.5-kilogram (1,553.1.pound) total from the European Championships, Sitko also possesses the IPF equipped total world record in the 84-kilogram weight class.

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Sitko’s Future

While it’s unclear what the next steps are for Sitko, it seems evident she’s pushing the petal to the barbell metal. Even as the leaves turn orange and the nights grow colder as fall approaches, it may not be long before the powerlifter adds another record to her resume.

Featured image: @theipf on Instagram

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