Ilya Ilyin of Kazakhstan competed in the 94kg division at the Olympics and made quite a statement of strength. He set 2 new Olympic records and 2 new world records with his lifts.
A man weighing 207 pounds, snatched 185kg (407lbs) and had a successful clean & jerk of 233kg (512.6lbs) for a new Olympic and world record. His total of 418kg (919.6lbs) was also a new Olympic and world record.
The most I have gone over head has been 245lbs, and that felt pretty darn cool. But this guy…..This guy put nearly 513lbs over head. That is about 305lbs more than he weighs. If you watch the video, he charged the lift, too. He did not require a lot of time to think, get reset, or anything of the sort.
What were you doing when you were 19 years old? If you were anything like me, you weren’t breaking world records in the Olympics.
Zulfiya Chinshanlo set a new world record for the women’s 53kg weight class with a clean & jerk of 131kg. That is 289 pounds. Let that sink in for a second. A 19 year old weighing less than 117 pounds hit a clean & jerk of 289 pounds. That is more than double her body weight. In her last attempt, she loaded the bar with 135kg but missed the lift. Still, she nailed the 289lb C&J and made it look easy. She only appeared to be really challenged during the jerk. Check out the video here.
Another athlete in the 53kg weight class, Cristina Iovu, hit a 99kg (218lbs) snatch. 218 pounds. 218 freaking pounds. Watch that here.