Franklin lifter sets four world records during championship performance

It’s all official now.

Back in March, Kloie Doublin’s combined performance at the Arnold Classic powerlifting competition would have been good for a world record in her weight class and age group, but it couldn’t go on the books because the event wasn’t internationally sanctioned.

There was no such red tape in the way Tuesday, when the Franklin native set four official world marks in dominating the sub-junior 72-kilogram (158-pound) weight class at the International Powerlifting Federation World Championships in Minsk, Belarus.

“When we get to the meet time, we meet to talk about all of my attempts, goals and different scenarios to make everything clear about what we want from the meet day,” Doublin said. “I did exactly what I came to do.”

Doublin, who will be a senior at Franklin Community High School in August, started her day by working up to a world record squat of 168.5 kilograms (371.5 pounds), then followed up with a bench press of 107.5 kilograms (237 pounds), which was good for an American record and just 11 pounds off of the world standard.

“I was not ready to bench 248 today,” she conceded, “but I will definitely be keeping that number in mind for the next training cycle.”

On her first deadlift attempt, Doublin lifted 175 kilograms (385.8 pounds), which pushed her overall total to a world-record 451 kilograms — and she just used her last two lifts to pad that total. Her second lift of 190.5 kilograms established a new deadlift world record, which she bettered with a final lift of 200.5 kilograms (442 pounds).

Doublin’s final total of 476.5 kilograms (1,050.5 pounds) was a 76-pound improvement over her Arnold Classic mark from the spring and put her more than 200 pounds ahead of runner-up Sandra Augustiniok of Germany.

In fact, not only did Doublin’s total earn her the sub-junior (ages 16 to 18) record in her weight class, it doubles as the new standard at the junior (19 to 23) age group as well.

She narrowly missed out on the Best Lifter award across all sub-junior weight class, which is determined by Wilks formula (weight lifted compared to body weight). Doublin, who weighed in at 156 pounds, finished with a Wilks score of 468.64, just 1.53 points behind 52-kilogram champion Febrose Tsiode of Nauru.

None of Doublin’s record-shattering success was a surprise to her coach, Jeremy Hartman, who had been planning to build toward this performance for quite some time.

“It’s no mistake she did this well,” Hartman said. “This is a culmination of three years and mostly five to six days per week of training leading up this point. We didn’t need to celebrate because there was no mistake. I just had to have her perfect on the right day and at the right time.

“Kloie and I made all the time zone, nutrition and proper training arrangements many months in advance of this trip. She was lifting at 3 a.m. Indiana time!”

Doublin, not surprisingly, considered her trip a rousing success. She raved about the city of Minsk in general and the food in particular — especially the fresh squeezed apple juice, which was “better than apple cider in the states.”

She thanked her massive support system in Franklin, particularly Warehouse Gym, which helped sponsor her trip, and Hartman “for helping me get better every day.”

And better, it turns out, than anyone else in the world.

By the numbers

Heavy stuff

Kloie Doublin’s performance at the IPF World Championships, lift by lift:

Squat

Round 1;150 kg (330.7 lbs)

Round 2;165 kg (363.8 lbs)

Round 3;168.5 kg (371.5 lbs)**

Bench press

Round 1;95 kg (209.4 lbs)

Round 2;102.5 kg (226 lbs)

Round 3; 107.5 kg (237 lbs)*

Deadlift

Round 1;175 kg (385.8 lbs)

Round 2;190.5 kg (420 lbs)**

Round 3;200.5 kg (442 lbs)**

TOTAL;476.5 kg (1,050.5 lbs)**

*American record

**World record

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Ryan O'Leary is sports editor for the Daily Journal. He can be reached at roleary@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2715.