Russel Orhii

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Russel Orhii
Personal information
Nickname(s)Russ, Russwole
Born1994 (age 28-29)
Height168 cm (5 ft 6 in)
Weight83 kg (183 lb)
Medal record
Men's powerlifting
Representing  United States
IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships
Silver medal – second place 2018 Calgary – -83 kg
Gold medal – first place 2019 Helsingborg – -83 kg
Gold medal – first place 2021 Halmstad – -83 kg
USAPL Raw Nationals
Gold medal – first place 2017 Florida – -83 kg
Gold medal – first place 2018 Washington – -83 kg
Gold medal – first place 2019 Illinois – -83 kg
Gold medal – first place 2021 Florida – -83 kg
Gold medal – first place 2022 Nevada – -83 kg

Russel Orhii (born 1994) is an American powerlifter. He is a two-time world champion in Classic Powerlifting in the -83 kilogram weight class, winning two competitions.[1]

Powerlifting career

In 2017, Orhii made his USAPL Raw National debut, winning by totaling 793kg.[2]

He went on to compete at the 2018 IPF World Championships, where he placed second behind Brett Gibbs. Orhii set a new junior world record squat at 298.5kg during the competition, which marked his first career loss. Later that year, he returned to compete at the 2018 Raw Nationals in Washington, where he totaled 801kg.[1]

In 2019, Orhii participated in his second World Championship, held in Sweden, and once again competed against Brett Gibbs. Despite Gibbs having a total that was 30kg higher than Orhii's best, Orhii did not let that hinder him. He set a new world record of 833kg, with a 313kg squat, 195kg bench press, and a 325kg deadlift, securing his first World Championship title. Later that year, he won his third consecutive Raw Nationals title in Illinois.[1]

After being unable to compete in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Orhii made a comeback in 2021 at the Raw Nationals, setting a new unofficial world record of 843kg. He achieved a 323kg squat, 192.5kg bench press, and a 327.5kg deadlift. Later that year, he competed in his third world championship, held in Halmstad, Sweden. He won gold, setting a new world record total of 841kg, and briefly held the deadlift world record of 333kg while also capturing the squat world record of 320.5kg.[1] In 2022, Orhii competed twice. First, at the Raw Nationals, despite being injured, he successfully defended his title. Later that year, he traveled overseas to South Korea and competed in the under 90kg class, totaling 885kg, with a 340kg squat, 195kg bench press, and a 350kg deadlift. This total was also the highest for the under 90kg class during 2022.[1]

Personal competition records

Squat - 340kg (749.5 lbs) Bench Press - 195kg (429.9 lbs) Deadlift - 350kg (771.6 lbs) Total - 885kg (1951.1 lbs)


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Russel Orhii". Open Powerlifting. June 27, 2023. Retrieved 2023-06-27.
  2. "GOODLIFT | Lifters | Profile". Retrieved 2023-06-27.

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