Gui Malheiros Sets CrossFit Clean and Jerk Competition Record at TYR Wodapalooza
Gui Malheiros made history at TYR Wodapalooza on Friday, hitting a 395 pound clean and jerk in the first part of “We Have Lift Off.” The lift was a personal record for Malheiros, which he admitted was unexpected since he hasn’t been lifting heavy. The lift was the heaviest recorded clean and jerk at a CrossFit competition.
In a post-event interview with Niki Brazier, Malheiros said he hasn’t touched a heavy barbell in two to three months. Malheiros came into day two on the bubble of getting cut from the competition, but was able to get an event win in this wheelhouse workout.
Remind me: The previous record for a clean and jerk in a CrossFit competition was co-held by Australian Jake Douglas who lifted 387 pounds on day 1 of the 2019 Down Under CrossFit Championship and Tola Morakinyo who hit that number at the 2017 CrossFit Games.
The bottom line: The fact that Malheiros can take months off from lifting and return to the floor to not only set the clean and jerk record, but also set a personal best is a testament to his superhuman levels of strength, power and speed.
Malheiros may not be sitting where we all expected on the leaderboard, but it’s important to note it’s the offseason and he has been very open about his lack of training frequency. As we gear up for the competition season, expect to see Malheiros return to full form by the time Semifinals come around.