Canadian Weightlifter Boady Santavy Snatches 158kg in Training, Above National Record

Canadian weightlifter Boady Santavy has been weightlifting since he was around 6, and he’s truly grown up around the sport: His father, Dalas, represented Canada at the 2005 World Weightlifting Championships, and his grandfather, Bob, competed at the 1968 and 1976 Olympics. The 19 year old Boady has made his own name in the sport, however, and he’s still got time competing as one of Canada’s top Junior athletes. Boady placed third at the 2014 American Open in Washington, D.C.

Though he’s previously competed as an 85kg lifter, the 2014 Pan-American Youth Champion has recently moved up to 94kg — and it’s brought about some significant strength gains.

Yesterday, Santavy posted a training snatch PR that’s half a kilo above Sacha Amédé’s record of 157.5kg, set way back in 2005. From Santavy’s Instagram post:

158 kilo/350 pound snatch!! The best snatch pound for pound in CANADA!! Only 19 years old! Unofficially breaks the Canadian senior 94 kilo class record, junior common wealth record, junior Canadian record, junior Ontario record, senior Ontario record!!!! I know it’s with straps but I will do it at competition without straps… I have around a month of training still and lots of weight to gain!

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Boady Santavy also set a new behind-the-neck jerk PR of 200kg a week prior to his PR snatch. His strength gains after moving up to 94kg from 85kg may remind American readers of similar progress made by North Carolina-based lifter Nathan Damron, who recently made the same weight jump.

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