Another world record is threatened in the gym. Bulgaria’s Karlos Nasar, who competes in the 81-kilogram weight class, had quite the training session on May 6, 2022. He took to his Instagram page to share a video wherein he clean & jerked a staggering 211 kilograms (465.2 pounds) — three kilograms over the current all-time world record he set on Dec. 12, 2021, in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, at the 2021 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Championships.
Nasar performed this new unofficial world record clean & jerk six days before his 18th birthday. He wore knee sleeves, wrist wraps, and a lifting belt for the lift. It seemed clear through the struggle of the clean just how heavy the weight felt in his grip. He maintained the barbell in the front rack position for nearly six seconds before jerking it smoothly overhead and locking it out. Check it out below:
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Karlos Nasar Lifting Big
While Nasar currently holds the world record clean & jerk at 81-kilograms, that does not mean he holds back in the gym. His recent 211-kilogram lift is representative of that, as is the 210-kilogram (463-pound) training lift he hit in April 2022. He’s also matched Li Dayin’s current 175-kilogram (385.8-pound) snatch world record at 81-kilograms in training.
Nasar is registered to compete in the 89-kilogram class at the 2022 European Weightlifting Championships (EWC) in Tirana, Albania, from May 28 through June 5, 2022. None of the world standards for that weight class have yet been reached. The world standard for the clean & jerk is 216 kilograms (476.2 pounds).
According to the contest’s final entry list, Nasar’s entry total is 390 kilograms (859.8 pounds) — three kilograms over the total world standard and 19 kilograms more than the next heaviest entry total; Antonino Pizzolato of Italy has an entry total of 371 kilograms (817.9 pounds), and five more athletes have entry totals of 370 kilograms (815.7 pounds).
Assuming Nasar intends to attempt a world record clean & jerk at the 2022 EWC, he will also attempt a 174-kilogram (383.6-pound) snatch — five kilograms shy of the world standard — to hit his entry total. Whether or not Nasar does attempt a world record in either or both lifts, he will attempt to be the first athlete to reach the world record total in the 89-kilogram class. At just 18 years of age, he is the youngest athlete on the roster, followed by 21-year-old Cristiano Giuseppe Ficco of Italy.
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