'It's great being stronger than all the boys!' Schoolgirl, 10, breaks world weightlifting record by heaving more than TWICE her own bodyweight
13:37 GMT, 21 March 2012
A primary school girl has smashed a world weightlifting record – by hoisting more than two times her own bodyweight.
Naomi Kutin, 10, claimed the astonishing achievement after squatting 215 pounds – despite weighing just under 93 pounds herself.
She lifted the staggering amount – which weighs the same as Mike Tyson in his prime – in front of a packed crowd in Texas, USA.
Primary school pupil Naomi Kutin smashed a world weightlifting record – previously held by a 44-year-old woman – by hoisting a 215lb weight – despite being just under 93lb herself
The schoolgirl – who is only in year six and stands at just 4ft 8in tall – stunned onlookers by claiming the women's world record, outdoing the previous holder – a 44-year-old.
Naomi said: 'A lot of my friends and all of my teachers didn't believe me when I said I had broken the world record.
'It was only when I brought in my medal and certificate that they did. Everyone thought it was really cool.
'It's great being stronger than everyone I know. I'm always beating the boys in sports at school.'
And her proud dad Ed, from New Jersey, USA, said: 'Naomi has always jumped higher and done more push ups than other kids her age, even the boys.
'But beneath it all she is just a normal, shy ten-year-old with an extraordinary talent.
The weight lifted by the girl was equal to twice her bodyweight – and the same weight as Mike Tyson at his peak
'She broke it on her second lift of three and didn't waste her opportunity.
'She went out there, took her chance and won the right to be a world record holder.'
Naomi – who was just nine-years-old when she broke her first world record – has been dubbed 'supergirl' by astonished powerlifters.
She has legions of fans around the world who track her progress through the internet.
And thousands of fans were present to witness the moment she broke her second record at the RAW Unity event – an invitational for elite powerlifters – held in Texas in January 2012.
Naomi, who only began powerlifting in April 2010, reclaimed the record taken from her by experienced pro Ana Geitner, 44, from Germany, in the 97 pounds weight category.
The petit ten-year-old stunned hoards of onlookers into silence as she lifted the staggering weight.
And dad Ed, who works in finance, remarked: 'Naomi was surrounded by burly men who would be deemed heavy weights, but she wasn't fazed.
The 5th grade schoolgirl stunned onlookers when she squatted the weight to claim the women's world record. 'I'll keep on trying to beat my personal bests,' she said
'She easily drew the biggest crowd, despite there being some pretty big names in the powerlfiting world present,' Naomi's proud father said after the event
'The RAW Unity meeting brings together everyone from all the different powerlifting federations. So she was competing against the world's best.
'And there was Naomi, an average, ten-year-old stood among these towering and bulky guys waiting her turn. It was quite a sight.
'But the moment she did her first squat lift in front of a packed room of onlookers people were transfixed.
'She easily drew the biggest crowd, despite there being some pretty big names in the powerlfiting world present at the event.
Naomi – who was just nine-years-old when she broke her first world record – has been dubbed 'supergirl' by astonished powerlifters
'I remember the room went completely silent as she went for her second squat lift, which we upped to a bigger weight so that it would break the record.
'People's body language was as if they were trying to help her lift it too
because they all wanted her to succeed.
'As soon as she landed that lift, and everyone knew she had broken the record, a roar of applause and cheering broke out.'
astonishingly, Naomi doesn't intend on stopping there – she wants to
break her own record in a bid to preserve her status as the best
powerlifter in her weight division.
Naomi said: 'If someone breaks the record then I will definitely try and get it
back. Even if nobody breaks it I will keep trying to get personal bests.'
mother, Neshama, 48, is adamant that should her daughter decide to pack
up the sport, her parents will support her in whatever sport she
Neshama added: '[As her mother she always amazes me with her strength.
She proves that if you put your mind to something and focus on your goal, anything is possible.
'She has set the bar that much higher that it could be a long time before someone else takes the title away from her.
'But it really is her choice if she carries the sport on. She likes lots of sports – karate, hockey, basketball, mixed martial arts. You name it she excels at it, but we won't force her to continue doing anything she doesn't want.
As for the thorny issue of performance-enhancing drugs, a problem rife within the sport, Naomi's mother is adamant her daughter would never touch such substances.
'She has never and will never use any drugs to enhance her performance, she simply has a natural talent.
'Other children may be brilliant singers or dancers, but Naomi just happens to be an excellent powerlifter.'