Weight of the World

Czajkowski’s latest press puts him at the top


Recent Rockdale graduate Jamie Czajkowski contiues to move up the ladder n the powerlifting world. After winning a state title in high school, he set a national record in the bench press and earned a place on the USA Powerlifting world team. Recent Rockdale graduate Jamie Czajkowski contiues to move up the ladder n the powerlifting world. After winning a state title in high school, he set a national record in the bench press and earned a place on the USA Powerlifting world team. I f anything, Jamie Czajkowski likes to repeat himself. He just keeps on breaking records wherever he goes.

Most recently, he set another standard at the USA National Powerlifting Championships June 22 in Killeen, where he finished second and qualified for the USA world team.

“I couldn’t be anymore proud,” Czajkowski said. “Now, instead of representing myself, I’ll be representing my country.”

The 5-foot-4, 195-pound recent Rockdale graduate broke the national bench press record again with a lift of 496 pounds.

That also surpasses the world record in his weight class, but because three world judges have to be present, it doesn’t count as a record, which is currently 485.

In his weight class, Czajkowski is ranked third overall and his bench is the best in the world so far.

Along with the incredible 496 press, Czajkowski also squatted 623 and measured 507 pounds in the dead lift for a total of 1,626 pounds. Because of his success, Czajkowski picked up a sponsor, Titan Lifting, to pick up the tab for any upcoming events.

He will return to Killeen on August 30 to compete at the World Championships where he can take dead aim at the world record in the bench press.

“That is my goal,” he said. “to break the world bench press record.”

Czajkowski also plans to attend Texas A&M and join the Aggie powerlifting team.

Czajkowski became the first state champion in RHS school history in powerlifting in April after winning his weight class at the state meet.

Czajkowski established a new state record in the bench press, lifting 445 pounds on his second lift to obliterate the previous mark of 425.

He captured the state championship, competing in the 198-pound classification, by 120 pounds with a total of 1,575.

A month later he set an American record by hefting 446pounds attheUSAPL Texas State Championships in San Antonio.

The previous record was 440 pounds and was five years old.

Czajkowski turned in his best overall meet against 12 other competitors at the Texas High School Powerlifting Association state meet in April.

He increased his max on each lift, squatting 620 pounds, pulling 510 in the deadlift and as predicted, setting a record with the 445.

Czajkowski, who earned a trip to the state meet as sophomore at Milano, was so dominate that he could have won the championship after each of his first attempts.


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