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Karlos Nasar’s Impressive 260 kg Squats Signal Return to Shape Ahead of World Cup

Karlos Nasar, a 19-year-old Bulgarian weightlifting prodigy, world champion, and current European champion in the 89 kg category, has been making waves in the world of weightlifting with his heavy back squats.

This spring, after an epic victory at the European Championships in Yerevan, Nasar suffered an ankle injury and underwent ligament repair surgery. Despite assumptions that recovery could be lengthy, Nasar demonstrated a return to form just three months later at the World Championships in Saudi Arabia.

Although he did not compete at the Worlds, Karlos confidently lifted 160 kg in the snatch and 180 kg in the clean and jerk during training sessions – figures far from his peak performances, but inspiring hope for a competitive return soon.

On November 4th, Karlos tested his comeback during the Bundesliga tournament, executing a 170 kg snatch and an impressive 215 kg clean and jerk.Recently, Karlos Nasar shared a video on his Instagram of himself back squatting 260 kg for three reps, indicating his strong preparation for the upcoming World Cup in Qatar this December.


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This tournament is a qualifier for the Paris 2024 Olympics. Nasar currently weighs around 89 kg.

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Sergii Putsov

Author: Sergii Putsov
Head of Sport Science, PhD

Experience: 20 years
Best ResultsSnatch – 165 kg,
C&J – 200 kg

Sergii Putsov, Ph.D., is a former professional weightlifter and National team member, achieving multiple medals in the 94 kg weight category at national competitions. With a Master’s degree in “Olympic & Professional Sport Training” and a Sport Science Ph.D. from the International Olympic Academy, Greece, Sergii now leads as the Head of Sport Science. He specializes in designing training programs, writing insightful blog articles, providing live commentary at international weightlifting events, and conducting educational seminars worldwide alongside Olympic weightlifting expert Oleksiy Torokhtiy.

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