In the Iron Game, there is always the debate as to who is stronger: Olympic lifters, powerlifters or strongman competitors. One man who might be able to settle the argument is Mikhail Koklyaev, 6’4” and 298 pounds, from Russia. In the sport of weightlifting, which is traditionally awarded the title of Strongest Man in the World, Koklyaev has snatched 462 pounds and clean and jerked 550 pounds in competition. In an exhibition at the Arnold Classic in 2007, he deadlifted 880 pounds and front squatted 573 for three reps (with a claimed one-rep max of 705). He has also performed well in strongman competition, placing third this year in the highly competitive Arnold Strongman Classic. Truly, a triple threat!
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