On March 29, 2021, weightlifter Dmitry Klokov shared his results for CrossFit Open workouts 21.3 and 21.4. The workouts test different aspects of participants’ fitness. 21.3 was an intense conditioning workout involving muscle-ups, thrusters, front squats, pull-ups, and toes-to-bar, while 21.4 stresses an athletes’ capacity to lift a four-part barbell complex of a deadlift, a clean, a hang clean, and a jerk. It should come as no surprise that the 38-year old Olympic silver-medalist crushed 21.4 with a max weight of 150 kilograms (330.7 pounds) to rank 12th in the event (at the time this article was written).
It was not a lift that came easy following 21.3, as Klokov points out, but it was a successful showing for the rookie CrossFitter nonetheless. Check out Klokov’s 150-kilogram (330.7-pound) barbell complex from workout 21.4 below courtesy of his Instagram page:
Note: the results for 21.4 have not yet been verified for 21.3 and 21.4.
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The most difficult 150 kilograms in all my 25 years of professional sports career.
Prior to performing workouts 21.3 and 21.4, Klokov sustained a lower back injury during a 170-kilogram (374.8-pound) squat warm-up. Because of this mishap, Klokov only performed a single attempt during 21.4, but would have likely gone heavier had he not tweaked his back. According to a prior post on his Instagram page:
“[During] 21.4 (due to injury and fatigue), I managed to do only one lift with a weight of 150 kilograms.”
Klokov’s 2021 CrossFit Open
Thus far in the 2021 CrossFit Open, Klokov has had difficulty with the endurance-focused workouts. According to the Open leaderboard for workout 21.1 — a workout that involves double-unders and wall walks — he finished in 70,588th place. Workout 21.2 was a bit of an improvement towards Klokov’s strengths — it incorporated a dumbbell for snatches — but it was still a conditioning-focused workout. Klovkov ranked 24,292nd worldwide. Workout 21.3 appeared to be a setback with Klokov finishing in 41,576th place (assuming his place doesn’t shift once results are verified).
However, once Klokov was in his element, he excelled despite having to withstand the cardio onslaught that was 21.3. His 150-kilogram (330.7-pound) barbell complex is 35 pounds less than the leader of the event, Graciano Rubio of the USA, who smashed a 165.6-kilogram (365-pound) barbell complex.
For Klokov’s 2021 CrossFit Open journey to continue to the Quarterfinals, his scores will have to land him in the top 10 percent overall of all athletes on his continent. In Asia — the continent that Klokov is registered for — only 812 men will go to the next round. We’ll see if his stellar performance in 21.4 will be able to leap him to the requisite rank to advance. Although he clearly has areas in need of improvement, Klokov’s CrossFit Open debut showed his strength is still elite.
Featured image: @klokovd on Instagram