BENDIGO powerlifter Kevin Gray has a world squat record within his grasp, after unofficially setting a new mark in training this week.
The 32-year-old produced a double squat at 228kg during training at the Real Strength Gym Castlemaine on Tuesday night.
His squat bettered the standing world record mark of 227.5kg, held by Russian powerlifting legend Sergey Fedosienko.
Gray, who competes in the 59kg class, needs only to replicate his training squat at an international powerlifting event at the new Sydney convention centre in Darling Harbour on April 29 to snare the record.
His coach Dean Mawby said Gray had "killed" his final training session before the world record attempt.
"He is right on track to break the record - with a buffer," an excited Mawby said.
The man's record Gray is chasing, Fedosienko is considered a legend in the sport.
He is the owner of 10 world records, set from 2003-15.
Gray, who has been powerlifting for just over 12 months, is already the owner of the Australian record.
He squatted an amazing 222.5kg at competition in Melbourne last December.