Cardinals’ Michael Leonard is a world record deadlifter.
The 28-year-old former college basketball player and current professional football player is the third man to deadlift 2,100 pounds for the first time.
Leonard finished the season ranked #2 on the USA TODAY Sports Deadlift Team.
Here is what you need to know about Michael Leonard: 1.
He broke his own deadlift record by more than 200 pounds, but he is still not the heaviest deadlift holder in the history of the sport.
In 2017, Olympic deadlift champion Ryan Hall deadlifted 1,400 pounds for a world-record deadlift.
But that record came with a weight of 2,150 pounds.
According to Sports Illustrated, Leonard, who is 5’8″ and 195 pounds, only reached the record by lifting more than 3.5 pounds.
Hall broke the record in June 2017.
His record-breaking performance is only the second time in the last 30 years that an Olympic or Olympic-class athlete has reached the 1,000-pound mark in deadlifting.
He’s the first American athlete to reach the 2,500-pound deadlift mark, which was previously held by former NBA player Michael Jordan.
His accomplishment marks the second straight year that Leonard has set a new world record.
In 2016, he deadlagged 2,050 pounds for 2nd place.
Leonard is the only person to ever break the record for deadlifting 2,200 pounds, and the first to reach 2,700 pounds.
He was also the only athlete to break the deadlift gold medal mark, previously held only by Olympic lifter Chris Leben.
In a season in which the American team won the gold medal at the 2014 World Championships in London, Leonard became only the fourth American to reach a gold medal in the event.
Leonard broke the world record for the highest deadlift on the Olympic team, lifting a total of 1,099 pounds.
He also set a personal best deadlift for the last time in 2018.
He achieved the feat during a competition in which he had a total weight of 1:59:03.
The record for most deadlift performed by a male athlete at the world championships was 1,977.
He has since won two Olympic gold medals in deadlift, including a silver medal at London 2018.
Leonard was also a member of the 2016 Olympic gold-medal winning team, and in 2018 became the first woman to reach her first Olympic team gold.
Leonard has also been an Olympic gold medalist at the 2012 Summer Olympics, winning a silver at the 2008 Summer Games in Athens.
He is the first athlete to hold a world title and a silver in a single event at the same time since former U.S. Olympic champion and reigning world champion Simone Biles in 2011.
In the last two years, Leonard has won six consecutive gold medals, and is also the first African American to win a gold and a bronze in the same event.
Leonard earned his silver medal for deadlagging at the 2016 London Olympics, but only the fifth African American in history to earn a silver and a gold in the world.
He holds the Olympic record for lowest deadlift deadlift (1,000 pounds), but his best performance came in 2017, when he pulled a 1,004-pound total.
Leonard’s record is currently at #1 on the Deadlift Record Club website.
Leonard, a member the World Team for the World Strongest Man, will compete in the World Record Games in London in March 2019.