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Brad Gillingham/Greatest SHW Ever???
Posted By: Patrick Anderson
Date: Thursday, 11 May 2006, at 7:37 a.m.
I believe that people tend to throw out terms like "Great" too easily and before it is justified. This past weekend at the Masters Nationals, Brad Gillingham had what I personally consider to be his best meet EVER. At first glance 2237 is a little over 100 LBS off his best total but look closer and there is more to it than that.
First, Brad was so sick leading up to the meet that he actually considered not lifting. The main reason he finally decided to lift was that he had flown several family members to Texas to see him lift, especially his wife and two girls and he didn't want to let them down.
He decided to squat without a suit because he was having balance troubles due to an inner ear disturbance and still hit an easy 782 with just wraps and a belt. In the bench he did his 1st two attempts without a shirt including an easy 2nd at 540. He only put the shirt on for a smoked 595 to have a shot at the WR total.
Everyone has heard about the easy 859 WR pull that gave him a 2237 total, which happens to be the highest ever by a Master lifter in IPF history. So put that together and you have a 9/9 day without a suit in the squat, basically an opener in the bench and a DL that most everyone agreed had 20-30LBS to spare. All that sick as a dog.
I have always considered Reinhoudt and Kazmeier to be the top 2 supers of all time and I think Brian Siders is rapidly building a resume to pass them all but Brad is knocking on the door of a 2400 LB total via 881, 639, 881 at 40+ years of age and when he does I believe he should be considered as one of, if not the Greatest SHW in powerlifting history.
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