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It is widely reported that Paul Anderson lifted 6270lbs in a "backlift", but I have never seen a photo of this event and it seems that perhaps the story is exaggerated. So my question is, what is the greatest weight lifted by a human, for which there is irrefutable evidence - preferably including photos or video.

Edit: In response to a comment and to clarify further - I am talking about any style of lift. I do not care about how far the object is lifted off the ground. It could be just 1mm. This does introduce a problem, particularly for bulky objects (like cars) because you have to check very carefully that all four wheels are off the ground at the same time. So the refereeing of the lift must be strict for the record to count. I would expect the heaviest weight lifted to be way way more (2x? 3x?) than simply the world record squat.

  • I am sorry but have to downvote this as it needs to be much much more specific. I was a heavy lifter in my 20s. Squatted a good 650, deadlifted more, leg press a good 1200... And I am sure I could lift a good 1100-1200 pounds off of the squat rack a few inches. So what does your question mean? A proper olympic lift (deadlift would have the most weight). Does form count? What are the rules? For example guys have lifted 2ton trucks but really how much weight did they lift - since the other side is still on the ground? – Coach-D Jul 1 '16 at 0:32
  • See edit to original question. – Mick Jul 5 '16 at 22:46
  • Be good if it were more specific. – Coach-D Jul 6 '16 at 1:30
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One candidate for the greatest weight ever lifted is this 571.5kg squat by Donnie Thompson.

  • Community wiki answer as this was taken from the question. If you find a greater lift, please post it as a separate answer and I'll then delete this one. – Philip Kendall Jun 28 '16 at 20:26

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