Nathan Damron Pulls Off a 210kg Block Clean

American weightlifter Nathan Damron lifts heavy and lifts often. Personally, if we’d squatted a personal record of 310 kilograms (683 pounds) this week, we’d have taken some time off.

But the 20-year-old headed right back into the gym the following day. One day after his back squat PR, he posted a 240 kilogram (529.1 pound) front squat:

(We’ll forgive him for having trouble reracking that one.)

Two days later, Damron then posted a PR pause squat of 290 kilograms (639.3 pounds), and barely a day after that, we were treated to a mammoth block clean of 210 kilograms, or 463 pounds. Keep in mind that he weighs 98 kilograms right now, or 216 pounds. Take a look at the extraordinary block clean below.

Damron truly is one of America’s most promising young weightlifters. Among his many athletic achievements, he is the Junior American record holder in the snatch, clean & jerk, and total; he’s a three-time junior Pan American/World Team Member, and he took home a silver medal in the USA Weightlifting American Open last year. Damron was competing in the 94kg category and set a new Junior American snatch record at the open with a 160kg (352lb) lift. Here’s a clip of him snatching 160kg with straps.

He lives in Clemmons, North Carolina and trains at Mash Elite Performance under Travis Mash, a former World Champion in powerlifting and world class Olympic weightlifter. (Damron also dabbles in tricking, and has been seen pulling off the occasional one-legged back flip.)

We’re looking forward to seeing what he brings to the table during competition in 2017. The current -94kg American Senior record for the clean & jerk is Kendrick Farris’s 211kg (465.1lb). Damron’s PR is 205kg. Watch this space.

Featured image via @nathandamron94 on Instagram.


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