Olympic Weightlifting Champion Dmitry Berestov Starts Strongman Training

Dmitry Berestov is one of Russia’s most celebrated weightlifters of the last few decades, and his 2004 Olympic gold in the uber-competitive 105 kilo weight class is still a memorable performance. (For reference, he snatched 195 kilos and clean and jerked 230 on his way to the gold.)

Berestov has competed off an on in weightlifting since then, but he’s never quite had a full-blown comeback in the sport. (Though he has posted some impressive lifts in training well into his 30s.) Now, it looks like the Russian athlete/coach/seminar teacher is trying his hand at a different strength sport: Strongman.

Мой первый опыт подъём бревна в паре с @mamont8007

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Recently, Berestov traveled to Varanasi, India for the WSF World Cup in Strongman. As evidenced by the above video, he’s still very new to the sport, and the movements will take some time for him to master. It appears he’s training under Mikhail Shivlyakov, a Russian pro strongman — so hopefully Berestov has the tools and teachers to make a run at success.

We’re guessing Berestov will probably stay in a lighter weight class as opposed to going up against one of the world’s log-lifting giants. After all, the world’s top strongmen are pretty massive, and while he’s listed at between 5’10” and 6’1″ depending on the source, Berestov would appear practically diminutive compared to some of his potential superheavy competitors.

For more of Berestov, check out the video below of his 2004 Olympic victory. Quick trivia note: Joining him in that sessions is Matthias Steiner, who would move up a weight class by 2008 on his way to winning the superheavyweight gold medal in Beijing. In the video below, the German/Austrian champ is comparatively svelte!

David Tao

David Tao

BarBend's Co-Founder and Editorial Director, David is a veteran of the health & fitness industry, with nearly a decade of experience building and running editorial teams in the space. He also serves as a color commentator for both National and International weightlifting competitions, many through USA Weightlifting.

David graduated from Harvard University and served for several years as Editorial Director/Chief Content Officer of Greatist.com. In addition to his work in the health & fitness industry, David has been a writer for Fortune and Fortune.com, as well as a contributor to Forbes.com, Slate, and numerous other outlets across the web and in print. He's especially passionate about the intersection of strength sports and quality, professional media coverage — overlapping interests shared by the BarBend editorial team and which drive their content strategy each and every day.

David is a proud Kentucky native. In his free time, David is a voiceover actor and can be heard in animated films, independent shorts, music videos, commercials, and podcasts.

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