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US schoolgirl lifts twice her body weight to break world weightlifting record

London, Thu, 22 Mar 2012 ANI

London, Mar 22 (ANI): An American primary school girl has smashed a world weightlifting record after squatting 215 pounds - despite weighing less than 93 pounds herself.

Naomi Kutin lifted the staggering amount, which weighs the same as Mike Tyson in his prime, in front of a packed crowd in Texas, USA.

The Primary school pupil, who is only in year six and stands at just 4ft 8in tall, stunned onlookers by claiming the women's world record, outdoing the previous holder - a 44-year-old.

"A lot of my friends and all of my teachers didn't believe me when I said I had broken the world record," the Daily Mail quoted her as saying.

"It was only when I brought in my medal and certificate that they did. Everyone thought it was really cool.

"It's great being stronger than everyone I know. I'm always beating the boys in sports at school," she said.

And her proud dad Ed, from New Jersey, USA, said that his daughter had always jumped higher and done more push-ups than other kids her age, even the boys.

"She broke it on her second lift of three and didn't waste her opportunity," he said.

The 5th grade schoolgirl - who was just nine-years-old when she broke her first world record - has been dubbed 'supergirl' by astonished powerlifters.

She has legions of fans around the world who track her progress through the internet.

And thousands of fans were present to witness the moment she broke her second record at the RAW Unity event - an invitational for elite powerlifters - held in Texas in January 2012.

Kutin, who only began power lifting in April 2010, reclaimed the record taken from her by experienced pro Ana Geitner, 44, from Germany, in the 97 pounds weight category.

The petite ten-year-old stunned hoards of onlookers into silence as she lifted the staggering weight.

"I remember the room went completely silent as she went for her second squat lift, which we upped to a bigger weight so that it would break the record," Ed said.

"People's body language was as if they were trying to help her lift it too because they all wanted her to succeed.

"As soon as she landed that lift, and everyone knew she had broken the record, a roar of applause and cheering broke out," he said.

And surprisingly, Kutin doesn't intend on stopping there - she wants to break her own record in a bid to preserve her status as the best powerlifter in her weight division.

"If someone breaks the record then I will definitely try and get it back. Even if nobody breaks it I will keep trying to get personal bests," Kutin said.

But mother, Neshama, 48, is adamant that should her daughter decide to pack up the sport, her parents will support her in whatever sport she chooses.

"But it really is her choice if she carries the sport on. She likes lots of sports - karate, hockey, basketball, mixed martial arts. You name it she excels at it, but we won't force her to continue doing anything she doesn't want," she added. (ANI)

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