She's five and powerlifting

Luma Valones (above), now five, started powerlifting when she was three and 11-year-old Etta Nichols (left) has set 12 new American records in the sport.
Luma Valones (above), now five, started powerlifting when she was three.PHOTO: NYTIMES
Luma Valones (above), now five, started powerlifting when she was three and 11-year-old Etta Nichols (left) has set 12 new American records in the sport.
11-year-old Etta Nichols (above) has set 12 new American records in the sport.PHOTO: NYTIMES

NEW YORK • On a frigid Saturday in February, Etta Nichols strutted proudly into Hall B1 of the Spokane Convention Centre in Washington to undertake her third dead lift of the day.

This lift is 5kg more than "two times her body weight", an emcee boasted, eliciting a roar of cheers from the crowd.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 06, 2018, with the headline 'She's five and powerlifting'. Print Edition | Subscribe