KENNEWICK, Wash - Last November he was known as "The Benchmonster," now he's the "King of the Bench Press." Moses Lake native Ryan Kennelly just got back from an international competition in Ukraine where he faced some of the best power lifters from Eastern Europe and the United States. Kennelly came out on top in a big way!
He was given four attempts to lift as much weight as he could, and Ryan ended up beating the old world record by over 20 pounds! On his fourth and final lift Kennelly already had the championship under wraps but he decided to put on more weight and go for the record. Ryan ended up benching 1,036 pounds!
"I'm bloodthirsty and I've got more in me," says Kennelly. Back in the U.S., and fifteen-thousand dollars richer, Kennelly is already planning for his new competition and the new record he wants to set. "I wouldn't be surprised if I hit 1,068 or 70 sometime in the near future, probably at the end of this month in Iowa."