Meanwhile in Germany, Dmitry Klokov is reminding everyone that he is still a savagely strong he-beast of a weightlifter. Even though he retired from international competition in 2015, the Russian behemoth remains one of the sport’s driving forces, particularly in his native Russia.
Since his retirement he’s launched his own line of weightlifting equipment, he’s working on his own weightlifting shoes, he’s President of the Russian Strength Sports Association, he hosted his own annual strength sports event for a couple of years and he travels the world teaching seminars.
This week he made an appearance at FIBO, the world’s biggest trade show for fitness and wellness, held in Cologne. He was there to promote a line of supplements that he devised with the European nutrition company Crosstrec, and to generate some publicity he made one of the heaviest hang snatches we’ve seen from him: 200 kilograms (441 pounds). Take a look below and join the rest of us in the weightlifting world by muttering, “Damn, Klokov has still got it.”
We’ve seen him pull off one or two 200kg hang snatches before, but never have we seen one heavier. (Correct us if you’ve seen one heavier.)
The heaviest full snatch we’ve seen him do, meanwhile, is 205 kilograms with straps. Off the platform his heaviest ever, of all time, forever and ever is this (unfortunately grainy) clip of a 206-kilogram lift with straps. He wrote in Russian beneath it: “Now I regret very much that I did not go to 210 kg then.”
The heaviest ever competition snatch was a 202.5-kilogram lift made all the way back in 2005, weighing a little over 105kg.
All of this is to say Klokov isn’t all that far off from his peak strength, particularly for someone who’s been officially “retired” for years. Klokov strong.
Featured image via @klokovd on Instagram.