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A vegan strongwoman has taken the world record for the greatest weight carried by a female athlete.

Kim Best scooped the accolade after carrying 350kg* in the yoke walk.

She had competed at Scotland’s Strongest Woman last year where she broke the national record for the yoke walk and held it very briefly as it was broken again during the event.

‘Fuel in my belly’

“This put a massive fuel into my belly to get higher and higher weights,” she told Great Vegan Athletes. “I looked into max yoke worldwide and found the record to be 330kg in just under one minute.”

By November 2019 she was picking up and holding an incredible 405 kg and walking comfortably with 320kg.

“I knew then I would definitely get 340kg on our National Record Day. Record day came and that 350kg was all I had my mind on. Adrenaline pumped through me and with the support of everyone behind me the walk was completed in half the time of the old record of 330kg.”

Vegan

Kim completed Veganuary in 2018 after fighting food intolerances to animal byproducts and animal protein. She is one of a growing number of vegan strength athletes.

“So I changed for my health, and after that, I learned how bad the farming industry is so have stayed vegan,” she said.

*350kg is a little under five professional middleweight boxers or over three Giant Pandas.