Man Breaks Weightlifting Record ... at 91

Sy Perlis benches 187.2 pounds
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 14, 2013 8:26 AM CDT

(Newser) – He's from the city of Surprise, Arizona, and that's just what Sy Perlis did. Bench-pressing 187.2 pounds, the 91-year-old smashed the previous world record for over-90s—135 pounds—during a competition in Phoenix on Saturday. Perlis didn't even begin lifting weights until he was 60, the Arizona Republic reports, and entered his first championship in his 80s. He won world weightlifting titles in 2010 and 2011, but took 2012 off after having pacemaker surgery.

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Says Perlis, who works out five days a week: Weightlifting "gave me the opportunity to do something to test myself ... and I didn’t have to run around to do it, as you would in some other sports." Adds the president of the World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters: "We’ve had a lot of lifters in their middle 80s, late 80s, and occasionally we get one 90 and over, but they’ve never inspired people" the way Perlis has. (Read more weightlifting stories.)

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