Oklahoma City firefighter sets world record for bench press

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – An Oklahoma City firefighter who spends his days protecting local residents is now a world record holder.

Cpl. Chad Ake, with the Oklahoma City Fire Department, has spent years working competing in powerlifting. Throughout his time competing in the sport, he has been pretty successful.

Credit: Cpl. Chad Ake

Officials say Ake has earned medals in the following competitions:

  • 2016 U.S. Police and Fire Championship
  • 2017 World Police and Fire Games
  • 2018 U.S. Police and Fire Nationals
  • 2018 Mr. Olympia Expo
  • 2019 United States Powerlifting Association Nationals.

After winning gold in the bench press during the 2019 United States Powerlifting Association Nationals, Ake qualified for the International Powerlifting League World Championship in Leipzig, Germany.

During the championship, Ake bench pressed 391 pounds and set the new world record for his 165-pound weight class.




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