Harrison Maurus PRs His Jerk With 200kg, Three Days Before Pan Ams

The 17-year-old weightlifting prodigy Harrison Maurus looks pretty dead set on breaking some records at next week’s Pan American Weightlifting Championships.

Take a look at this behind the neck jerk of 200 kilograms (441 pounds) that he just hit in training, a lifetime PR for the young athlete.

In April at the 2017 Youth World Weightlifting Championships in Bangkok, Maurus set a new youth world record in the clean & jerk with 192 kilograms (422 pounds), which is also a Senior American record.

This training lift we saw above is eight kilograms (17.6lb) heavier than that. Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean he could clean it, let alone jerk it from the front rack, but it does show some unbelievable — almost unmatched for his age and weight class — overhead strength, core stability, and balance.

Now, jerking from behind the neck is a little easier on the core and wrists than jerking from the front rack, so this lift doesn’t have a perfect translation to the conventional jerk.

But then again, we saw Maurus jerking 191 kilograms (420 pounds) just a few months before he hit his world record 192kg lift in Bangkok, so who knows what we can expect next week?

And a couple of days ago we saw him pull off a clean and jerk of 180 kilograms (397 pounds) without a belt.

[Check out our article on Maurus’s weightlifting progress throughout his early teens!]

Although he’s just 17 years old, Maurus — holding the open American record, after all — is more than ready to compete with senior lifters at the Senior Pan AM Weightlifting Championships.

They start this Sunday the 23rd of July at 8am EST and run until Thursday. Check out this link when you’re ready to watch — and enjoy BarBend’s color commentary!

Editor’s note: BarBend is the Official Media Partner of USA Weightlifting. Beyond article syndication, the two organizations maintain editorial independence.

Featured image via @harrison_maurus on Instagram.

Nick English

Nick English

Nick is a content producer and journalist with over seven years’ experience reporting on four continents. His first articles about health were on a cholera outbreak in rural Kenya while he was reporting for a French humanitarian organization. His next writing job was covering the nightlife scene in Shanghai. He’s written on a lot of things.

After Shanghai, he went on to produce a radio documentary about bodybuilding in Australia before finishing his Master’s degrees in Journalism and International Relations and heading to New York City. Here, he’s been writing on health full time for more than five years for outlets like BarBend, Men's Health, VICE, and Popular Science.

No fan of writing in the third person, Nick’s passion for health stems from an interest in self improvement: How do we reach our potential?

Questions like these took him through a lot of different areas of health and fitness like gymnastics, vegetarianism, kettlebell training, fasting, CrossFit, Paleo, and so on, until he realized (or decided) that strength training fit best with the ideas of continuous, measurable self improvement.

At BarBend his writing focuses a little more on nutrition and long-form content with a heaping dose of strength training. His underlying belief is in the middle path: you don’t have to count every calorie and complete every workout in order to benefit from a healthy lifestyle and a stronger body. Plus, big traps are cool.

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