It's not a record if it's a lessor lift than what someone did before . It might be a federation record . It's not stupid . It's the basics of common sense . You can't set a world record in a regional federation with limited lifters .
In 1982 there was one federation . As soon as they split into multiple federations the concept of records went out the window. Now there are 30+ federations with multiple people claiming multiple records . That's where the stupid comes into play .
You want standards to measure your accomplishments
? Go look up the old uspf classification standards . If you're a raw guy nit using knee wraps you might be ond class up . Might be if you're 50-75 pounds under the class . If you're a double ply gear guy you might total and extra 300 + lbs from the old gear . Minus that and see .
It check powerlifting watch rankings or plusa top 100 or top 20 women, teens, or masters .
If your self esteem needs to be massaged by saying you set a record , that's your issue . I've seen meets for thirty years and have seen raw, old time gear , double ply sophisticated gear and differences in weigh ins among other things . I have a knowledge base and experience base to make this claim .
In my first meet I saw a raw 250 bench and 450 deadlift by a 132 19 year old . I think he squatted 400-450 in old marathon suit and wraps . Fifty lbs tops .
I've seen many claims at records less than this for the age and weight .
Without a standard of comparison there are no records except for that federation . Recently a lifter claimed a better bench thsn Rick Weil 's 485 raw at 165. Rick had a two hour weigh in. While he exceeded the lift and he is a great fellow and such , He didn't do it under the same conditions .
In fact his lift might be heavier than 487 if they used exercise plates and not competition plates . My Olympic plates weigh 43.5 - 49 lbs . Most are heavy . He might have made close to 500 in actual weight .
Most here don't know the standards of setting world records back in the day . The equipment had to be precise in measurements for the bench as an example . The weights had to be calibrated . Ivanko is an example . Eiliko is another .