Big Ray Williams narrowly misses his 1080lb squat attempt at USAPL Raw Nationals 2017 and almost gets flattened as he misses the rack on the way back. The spotters are unable to cope with the load and Williams is bent over as everyone rushes in. Luckily the bench pins/racks saved the day. Scared the shit out of me tho.
Brings back memories/nightmares of some of the spotting at IPF Worlds 2016.
It seems to be a bad week for WR squats with Andrey Malanichev failing pretty much the same weight (490kg) in knee wraps at Pro Raw Big Dogs 2 except his safety was never in any doubt with the monolift safety straps and about twice as much muscle mass spotting him than Williams had.
What does the USAPL have against racks/straps/safeties etc.?
FFS for a SHW WR Squat at least get some more dudes spotting or at least bigger dudes. The poster boy for the whole show almost ended up flatter than a poster.
Anyways what a beast of an attempt tho. Almost got it too. 490kg in just sleeves… dude needs to throw on some knee wraps and see how he goes.
Always been hard to compare raw and raw w/wrap squatters but with these kind of numbers does Ray Williams have a case for being the best powerlifting squatter of all time?