An American powerlifter has recorded one of the most impressive world records in weightlifting history.

Competing for Team USA at 2016 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships in Texas, Ray Williams set a world record squat of 438 kgs (965.6lbs).

The manner which he did it in was the most stunning, leading one commentator to say he has "single-handedly obliterated a world record and a weight class".

The former American football player and now defensive lineman coach was participating in the super heavyweights class, and extended his world record by 11.5 kgs.

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Powerlifting experts and fans alike were stunned by his display of strength.




Williams' efforts helped Team USA take out the overall gold medal at the championships.