Olympic weightlifter Akbar Djuraev is shortly changing into one of many extra dominant figures in his sport. His newest achievement may be a harbinger of what’s on the horizon for the still-ascending athlete. 

On May 27, 2022, Djuraev (109KG) shared footage of himself efficiently capturing a 245-kilogram (540.1 kilos) clear & jerk throughout a coaching session. Because it occurred whereas coaching, Djuraev’s mark is an unofficial World Record for the Men’s 109-kilogram division. Djuraev wore a lifting belt, lifting straps, and knee sleeves to finish the rep. 

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Djuraev’s 245-kilogram (540.1-pound) clear & jerk exceeds the variety of one in every of his Uzbekistan Olympic teammates, Ruslan Nurudinov. Before ending second to Djuraev in the course of the 2021 World Weightlifting Championships (WWC), Nurudinov captured the still-current clear & jerk World Record with a 241-kilogram (531.3-pound) carry.

Perhaps much more impressively, Djuraev’s carry is just 4 kilograms (8.8 kilos) off the all-time non-superheavyweight report. That mark belongs to Yuri Zakharevich (who competed within the then-weight class of 110KG). He accomplished a 250.5-kilogram (552.2-pound) clear & jerk in April 1988.

Nurudinov’s official determine for the 109-kilogram division may not final for much longer if Djuraev can take the coaching feat to a sanctioned competitors. 

Djuraev at a Glance

At 22-years-old, Djuraev already has fairly the embellished and achieved resume for a weightlifter. If he continues a torrid tempo that features a gold medal within the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games (held in 2021) and a win within the 2021 WWC — he would possibly quickly enter a dialog with different established weightlifting elites. 

Here’s a rundown of Djuraev’s full profession outcomes, exemplifying his speedy development:

Akbar Djuraev | Career Results

  • 2017 Junior World Weightlifting Championships (JWWC) — Sixth place
  • 2017 WWC — thirteenth place
  • 2018 JWCC — Second place
  • 2018 WWC — Fourth place
  • 2019 Asian Weightlifting Championships (AWC) — Second place
  • 2019 JWCC — First place
  • 2019 WWC — Fourth place
  • 2020 AWC — Second place
  • 2021 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games — First place
  • 2021 WWC — First place 

Notably, as he was 21 for its period, Djuraev is the second-youngest Olympic Champion since 2000. For context, Belarusian weightlifter Andrei Aramnau was simply 20-years-old when he received the gold medal within the Men’s 105-kilogram division in the course of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. 

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A Vital Year Ahead

While Djuraev is the present Olympic and World Champion, he nonetheless has quite a bit to perform. The athlete has but to declare a Senior World Record throughout his profession, leaving a niche in a formidable resume that he possible needs to fill. 

Djuraev received’t get a possibility so as to add that notch to his belt till later within the yr 2022. He will compete within the 2022 World Weightlifting Championships in Bogotá, Colombia, this coming late fall. Given that the competitors was initially in China and postponed from earlier this yr, it’s unclear exactly when it should begin on the time of this writing.  

Whenever it does start, the weightlifting sphere will undoubtedly be on the look ahead to Djuraev to lastly add a Senior World Record to his title. 

Featured picture: @akbar_djuraev on Instagram