It really has to do with the different body structure between men and women. You will see a greater disparity in bench press as opposed to squat and deadlift due to the fact that women generally do not carry as much muscle mass in their upper bodies.
Do not compare what men and women bench press or any lifts for that matter.
It’s not just the bench press. Squats and deadlift have huge discrepancy too…at least according to arache12’s link. However, now that I think about it, I don’t think the men-women discrepancy is that high for Olympic lifts.
Looking up the figures right now: 123lb(65kg) weight class (all in pounds)
Website Elite Bench Press: 242(m) 142(f) - 70% more
Website Elite Squat: 346(m) 199(f) - 74% more
Website Elite Deadlift: 414(m) 263(f) - 61% more
Olympic Lift Combined Record: 671(m) 596(f) - only 13% more for men
This leads me to believe that even though there are physical difference between a man and a women, the lifting potential (at least applied to olympic lifts) shouldn’t be too insanely different. 13% sounds about right. 70% sounds like too much.
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Where are you getting the combined lift for women? I’m looking at Wiki and the record total for women at 53 kg is is 495 lbs while for men at 55 kg it’s 671 lbs for a 35% difference. Still less than the discrepancy on exrx.net, but still.