91-year-old sets bench-press record

By Mike Singer | CBSSports.com

(Video courtesy of NewsMaster55)

Most peope are lucky to live to 90, but Sy Perlis, a 91-year-old weightlifting champion, isn't content with longevity.

The Arizona man set a new World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters record when he hoisted a 187.2-pound bar above his chest on June 8, USA Today reported.

The record, set in the 90-and-over division at the championships in Phoenix, shattered the previous weight of 135 pounds, which had stood since 2005.

“We've had a lot of lifters in their middle 80s, late 80s, and occasionally we get one 90 and over, but they've never inspired people [like Perlis has],” event organizer Gus Rethwisch said.

Perlis won the world title in 2010 and 2011 when he competed in the 85-to-89-year-old division. His doctor wouldn't let him compete last year after Perlis had surgery for a pacemaker.

His latest record lift qualifies him for the world championship in Reno, Nev., in November.

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