Olympic Champion Ruslan Nurudinov Posts 205kg Snatch, 250kg Rack Jerk from Training

Uzbek lifter Ruslan Nurudinov claimed his first Olympic medal in Rio after winning the Men’s 105kg class. Nurudinov had an impressive performance, finishing 5 of 6 lifts and winning Uzbekistan’s first Olympic medal in the sport. Now, days after his gold medal lifting, Nurudinov is posting some old training footage to Instagram — and for many fans of the sport, they border on jaw-dropping.

We’ve known for awhile that Nurudinov had made training lifts above the world records in his weight class, and he listed some of them when BarBend Contributor Mike Graber interviewed him during the 2016 Asian Weightlifting Championships. Now, we finally have video of his 205kg snatch — 5kg above the 105kg class world record — and 250kg rack jerk, along with a clean + clean & jerk complex at 225kg.

(Read the full profile on Ruslan Nurudinov here.)

First up: A 250kg split jerk off the rack, filmed during the summer of 2014. We’ve seen a few other supremely heavy rack jerks from 105k lifters Ilya Ilyin and Dmitry Klokov, and now we can add Nurudinov’s name to the list of 250kg-and-over jerkers.

A video posted by Ruslan (@rnurudinov) on

Next, Nurudinov’s 205kg snatch, also from summer 2014. Yes, he’s wearing straps, but it’s a remarkable lift nonetheless. Ruslan was already seen as one of his weight class’ premiere snatchers, and this lift suggests he’s capable of even more than we’ve seen on stage.

A video posted by Ruslan (@rnurudinov) on

Finally, here’s a 225kg clean + clean & jerk complex from July 2016, when Nurudinov was in full-on prep for the 2016 Rio Games. His clean & jerks in Rio were some of the best looking lifts from the entire competition — regardless of weight class — and Nurudinov opened at 225 in this portion.

A video posted by Ruslan (@rnurudinov) on

Featured image: @rnurudinov on Instagram

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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