Accomplished powerlifter Prescillia “Lya” Bavoil continues to be one of the sport’s premier competitors. The 2022 Fédération Française de Force (FFForce) French Nationals occurred in Albi, France, on March 19-20, 2022. Competing in the 69-kilogram weight class, Bavoil captured the National Championship for the sixth straight year.
En route to the gold, Bavoil exceeded the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) records in the raw squat and total — they are, however, not official as they were not scored in international competition. Additionally, she set the French raw squat and bench press records.
2022 FFForce French Nationals — Prescillia “Lya” Bavoil | 69KG
Bavoil went eight for nine at the 2022 FFForce French Nationals with the following stats:
- 192.5 kilograms (424.4 pounds)
- 202.5 kilograms (446.4 pounds)
- 210.5 kilograms (461.4 pounds) — French Record, Unofficial IPF Record
- Bench Press
- 105 kilograms (231.5 pounds)
- 112.5 kilograms (248 pounds)
- 115 kilograms (253.5 pounds) — French Record
- 215 kilograms (474 pounds)
- 225 kilograms (496 pounds)
235 kilograms (518.1 pounds)
- Total — 550.5 kilograms (1,213.7 pounds) — Unofficial IPF Record
Check out each of Bavoil’s lifts in the video below, courtesy of the FFFORCE Instagram page:
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Bavoil’s 210.5-kilogram (461.4-pound) raw squat is five kilograms (11 pounds) heavier than the current 205.5-kilogram (453 pounds) IPF World Record, also held by Bavoil. She achieved that lift at the 2021 EPF European Classic Powerlifting Championships.
Not to be outdone (by herself), Bavoil added another unofficial IPF record notch to her belt with her 550.5 kilograms (1,213.7 pounds). Perhaps not by coincidence, she again eclipsed her previous record total by 2.5 kilograms (5.5 pounds), also set at the 2021 EPF European Classic Powerlifting Championships.
Prescillia Bavoil’s Powerlifting Career
At age 28, Bavoil has quite the ledger of powerlifting accomplishments. She began her powerlifting career in 2015 at age 21. It didn’t take long for Bavoil to establish herself as a major player in the women’s powerlifting sphere. She dominated the Juniors, Seniors, and Open scene alike, winning her first nine sanctioned competitions.
Bavoil continues her dominance to the present day. Her win at the 2022 French Nationals is her ninth-straight victory in competitions, dating back to the European Classic Championships of November 2019. In 21 career competitions overall, she’s missed the podium just twice and has never finished below third place. Some of Bavoil’s more impressive victories include first place in the 2021 World Classic Powerlifting Championships and the 2021 European Classic Powerlifting Championships.
The 2022 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships are scheduled for June 6-12, 2022, in Sun City, Africa. After some well-earned rest, expect Bavoil to continue her preparation for the crown jewel event in powerlifting. If recent history is any indication, she’ll likely contend for the top of the podium.
Featured image: @lya_powerlift on Instagram