Fantastic display of strength.
Having said that the 230k lift should have been deemed a no lift. A very quick down signal, before the shoulder were pulled back. Big difference between this and his first attempt at the same weight where he does a good, clean lift before dropping the weight. Last lift at 235k is also questionable, a very quick down signal and shoulders not pulled back. Questionable judging. IM Axle judging is often sloppy I am afraid.
I was there. In general, yes, the judge was too quick on the "down". For the Rolling Thunder, it was even more "generous". It was a bad Rolling Thunder day, and no records were in danger of being broken.
That being said, the weights that Burke had lifted in the Axle were not at the top of his strength and power.
I was okay with the judge's call on his axle lifts. Both Haugen's and Felix's top lifts were a bit under standard, in my opinion. I think it was 220/485. It was obvious that they would not pull 230/507, and Burke would. That's how it went.
I am fine with Burke's lifts as records. I was really surprised at how easy the initial 230/507 was for Burke, the lift that he intentionally dropped. It truly was EASY.