On Aug. 5, 2022, Petar Klančir announced that he would not compete for the remainder of the 2022 bodybuilding season due to a “snapped” biceps tendon. It’s a massive blow for the Men’s Open competitor, who’d navigated visa challenges to enjoy one of his most active years of IFBB competition. Appearing in perhaps his best-ever shape in 2022, many critics felt that an eventual Mr. Olympia stage appearance was within his grasp. Thanks to Klančir’s never-quit attitude, this could still be the case in the future.
The Croatian first alerted bodybuilding followers to the injury news in an Instagram post:
It’s a wrap! 2022 was an emotional rollercoaster. I’ve missed two competitions…due to US visa issues…I’ve reached first callouts without a fuss, and…placed third at the Mr. Big Evolution competition in Portugal.
While Klančir’s biceps injury has sidelined him for the remainder of the season, the caption of his Instagram post suggests he remains in high spirits. Check it out below:
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Petar Klančir Vows to Continue Training
Klančir is a seasoned athlete beyond bodybuilding. The Zagrebian is a record-holding hurdler and has no intention of sitting on his laurels. He updated fans on Aug. 6, 2022, that he expects to undergo surgery to repair the tendon in his right biceps and will keep training despite this disappointing setback.
I feel positive. Maybe I can’t train arms and back, but…[can] have progress on other muscle groups, especially legs and abs.
Klančir launched his bodybuilding career with a bang when he was victorious in the 2012 NABBA Mr. Universe. In 2014, he finished second at the Amateur Olympia Europe. Then, in 2015, the Croatian earned his IFBB Pro League Card with an overall win at that year’s Mr. Olympia Amateur in Prague.
In 2016 Klančir came third in the IFBB Nordic Pro. Although this was not his last competition, it was the 2022 season that caught the attention of many observers, with an Instagram post made on July 10, 2022, showing his recent progress. It illustrated the strides he made in a comparison shot. The more recent image at the bottom of the post was him looking ripped and muscularly dense. In subsequent posts showing his huge legs, back, arms, and chest, it became apparent that Klančir would be a contender to keep an eye on.
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With so much potential and points still to be won, the abrupt ending to Klančir’s 2022 season was understandably summarized as an “emotional rollercoaster.” Initially, his season got off to a false start — Klančir was forced to miss two competitions, including the 2022 New York Pro, due to US visa issues. Mercifully, this proved to be a bump in the road, as he later placed fifth in the 2022 California Pro and most recently earned third place at the 2022 Mr. Big Evolution Pro in Portugal.
While Klančir has not disclosed further specifics of his injury at the time of this article’s publication, such as which of the three biceps tendons snapped or torn, this is a relatively common injury among bodybuilders due to the frequency and force with which they lift. How long Klančir will be out of action depends on the severity of the damage to his tendon. If surgery is required to reattach Klančir’s tendon back to the bone as he expects, recovery time will vary but will most likely be in the range of four to five months at least, according to Healthline. However, complete restoration for returning to full bodybuilding training could take up to a year. (1) Hopefully, we will see the big man from Zagreb back on the competitive stage in 2023.
- Torn Bicep Injury: Types, Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment. (2022). Retrieved 9 August 2022, from https://www.healthline.com/health/torn-bicep
Featured image: @ifbb_pro_petar_klancir on Instagram