On May 2, 2022, Czech strongman Lukáš Pepř shared a video of himself capturing a 193.4-kilogram (426.4-pound) log press during the 2022 LogLift Cup in Kladno, Czech Republic. The log lift is a new Czech National Record, surpassing Jirko Vytiska’s previous figure of 180-kilograms (396.8 pounds) by over 13 kilograms.
According to the Strongman Czech Republic Facebook page, Pepř actually broke the Czech log lift record on his first attempt of 183.5 kilograms (404.6 pounds). His eventual final lift of 193.4 kilograms (426.4 pounds) merely extended the distance between him and the next best athlete. The record log press helped give Pepř the overall win in the event and etched his name in the illustrious record books.
Check out Pepř’s record feat, courtesy of his Instagram profile:
Technically, Tomáš Sikora broke Vytiska’s record first by locking out a 181.4-kilogram (399.9-pound) log lift earlier in the competition. That means that Pepř techincally broke Sikora’s record.
For the record-breaking log lift, Pepř donned a lifting belt, wrist wraps, and knee sleeves. It might have been more significant considering that Pepř appeared to be dealing with some recent ailments and needed a significant win, per a translated caption of his Instagram post.
“This was something I really needed, and how everyone judges according to the video was even more,” Pepř wrote. “Log and pressures, in general, I did not train for three weeks due to extreme tendon pain and tightness in the hands. Hopefully, these days have run out.”
If breaking records in his home country is how Pepř comes back from an injury, more greatness might be in store soon enough.
A full video of the 2022 LogLift Cup can be watched below — including Pepř’s Czech log lift National Record — via the YouTube channel of BeStrong:
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Lukáš Pepř at a Glance
Pepř is only 22-years-old, yet he’s building up quite a solid profile to this stage. The Czech athlete started in professional strength sports as a powerlifter while competing in the superheavyweight division (+120-kilograms). He made his powerlifting debut during the 2016 Slovenská Asociása Silového Trojboja (SAST) Majstrovstvá Českej a Slovenskej Republiky v silovom trojboji, where he came in first, according to Open Powerlifting.
As a powerlifter, Pepř qualified for the podium in each of his four career sanctioned competitions, winning two of them outright while finishing as the runner-up twice. Most recently, aside from the 2022 LogLift Cup, he featured during the bench press-only 2020 Federace Ceskeho Silového Trojboje (FCST) Extrifit Cup in both the Teen & Junior and Open divisions — where he came in first and second, respectively.
Whatever the future holds in store for Pepř, he’s undoubtedly preparing to open more eyes and break more records whenever he steps onto a lifting platform again.
Featured image: @lukaspepr on Instagram