In an unfortunate turn of events Dmitry Berestov announced the end of his athletic career.
Remember that his original plan was to lift at the Russian Cup, qualify for the national team and lift at Europeans / Worlds / Olympics.
Thanks to Juri for translating the short interview below.
He says that his kid got seriously sick before the competition. So he had to take care of him and couldn’t prepare for the cup.
In the near future he will be focusing on his family and won’t even train anymore.
He leaves open a return to masters later on.
For some of his best lifts check out the Dmitry Berestov Category on ATG.
Update 02.08.2014: 190kg Snatch Pull + Snatch.
Update 04.07.2014: I have trouble believing that he retired, seeing him hit a 180kg Snatch Pull + Snatch + 210kg Clean + Front Squat + Jerk. Maybe he changed his mind.
Update 19.012.2014: During a training session with Dmitry Klokov he confirms that he has now retired.
Here is the 240kg Clean & Jerk he did in training (pre Beijing 2008).
hope his child will get well soon, this is the most important thing now 🙁 any further informations on this?
That’s all the information he provided. Sounds very serious.
He makes the manliest sounds I’ve ever heard during lifts.
Did so well despite such crappy arm lockout. Wish him and his family the best.
Tom Bennett says
His elbows scare me…but of course lots of guys arms look like that. Still freaky to me!