Wounded Afghan Veteran Smashes Seated Deadlift World Record

first published on May 29, 2019 by

A disabled veteran that was seriously wounded in Afghanistan has now smashed the Guiness Book of World Records seated deadlift record.


Martin Tye was serving in the British Army during a 2009 deployment to Afghanistan when his Humvee was targeted by a suicide vehicle borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED). The blast inflicted serious damage to his lower legs, shoulders, and lungs. He has undergone surgery 20 times on a single knee.

On May 6, 2019, 10 years after he was blown up, Tye completed a seated deadlift of 1,113 pounds, 5 ounces, smashing the record at a disabled strongman event.

“I know I’ve not hit my potential yet, there’s still more in there and hopefully when I unlock that I’ll go on to lift an even bigger weight,” Tye said in a Military Times article. “I want to show the world what disabled people can do. Okay, we do it in a different way but that doesn’t mean we’re weaker.”

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