For the second time in three years, Christina Ullman has won the World Powerlifting Alliance Women’s World Championship.
Weightlifters from the United States, Europe and Canada competed in the 35th annual WPA event held at Steel Beach Gym in Oakville, Connecticut on September 3-4.
Ullman, of Marietta, competed in the full power, bench press only, deadlift only and push-pull divisions at the event, winning first place in all divisions as well as the top female overall award. .
“I became very emotional” said Ullman, reacting to winning her second world championship title. “It really made all the work I put into the training worthwhile.”
Ullman won the WPA World Championship in 2020 after competing in powerlifting for less than a year. Now, after almost three years of competing in the sport, she has set 23 world records, 19 American records and 66 Ohio records in 19 competitions in three powerlifting federations.
“I set six Ohio records, three American records and four world records in this meet,” Ulman said. “My squat was my best lift of the day.”
Ullman’s 355-pound squat was a personal best that set new world, U.S., and Ohio records for women ages 50–54 in the federation.
“Being 51 and winning a world title against women of all ages is truly amazing,” admits Ullman.
“But I’ve never been one to settle down. I aim for more goals.
One of those goals is to be invited back to the Arnold Classic Sports Festival. Ullman competed at the Arnold in March where she took home honors in the women’s amateur powerlifting competition.
“These kinds of competitions – the World Championships and the Arnold – really push me to give my best. When you look back and know you gave your best, that’s something you you can be proud. Ulman said.
Ullman says the encouragement and support from his gym community at Wolfepack Gym in Marietta has contributed to his success.
“Everyone really wants you to achieve your goals and be your best self,” said Ullman, who had also trained other weightlifters at the gym.
This type of support for the competitions by spectators and other competitors is what matters most to her. A recent situation stands out the most.
“A young woman approached me after the meeting and asked to have her picture taken with me,” Ullman recalls. “Then she thanked me and said, ‘I want to be like you.’ It was really special.
“Winning a championship is one thing, but to do it and set a good example for other women…it’s something I will never forget,” she says.