On August 5, 2022, bodybuilder Petar Klančir revealed he would not compete for the rest of the 2022 season. As the Croatian athlete confirmed in a later post on August 6, he suffered a “snapped” right biceps tendon while recently training (date undisclosed) and will likely require surgery after a formal evaluation from a medical professional. At the time of this writing, the precise nature of Klančir’s injury is unconfirmed.
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Per Klančir, the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) Pro League member has had a similar biceps injury before, albeit on his left arm. Despite the wrench in his competitive plans amidst a challenging year that included issues with his visa, Klančir’s announcement’s tone suggests he seems to be maintaining a positive attitude.
“It’s a wrap! 2022 was an emotional rollercoaster,” Klančir started. I’ve missed two competitions at the beginning of the season due to US visa issues. I’ve reached first callouts without a fuss, and as a highlight, I’ve placed third at the Mr. Big Evolution competition in Portugal.”
While he might not be able to train his arms given his current injury, Klančir is still a professional bodybuilder with ambitions to excel when he can return to pose on an official stage. As such, he made clear he will continue refining his physique and training the healthy parts of his body, like his legs and abs.
“Nevertheless, I feel positive, and I will overcome this without any struggle,” Klančir continues to say in his post.” Maybe I can’t train my arms and my back, but this doesn’t mean that I can’t have progress on other muscle groups …”
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After one of the better competitive years of his career, the 30-year-old seemed to be on a rapid ascent. In May, he took home a fifth-place result at the 2022 California Pro. Not long after, he finished in the top three at the 2022 Mr. Big Evolution Pro. Klančir persevered with such success despite missing the 2022 New York Pro because of his noted visa challenges.
Klančir’s recent stellar performances led some in the bodybuilding sphere to believe he would push for a debut appearance at the 2022 Mr. Olympia in December. Should he have qualified, the Men’s Open athlete would’ve competed against a stacked field of stalwarts featuring two-time reigning Mr. Olympia Mamdouh Elssbiay, former champion (2019) Brandon Curry, Hadi Choopan, Hunter Labrada, and Nick Walker.
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While Klančir recovers from his biceps injury, he will have to shelve those potential Olympia plans until at least the year 2023. Whenever he competes again, it seems evident the Croatian competitor will do all in his power to be in tip-top shape again.
Featured image: @ifbb_pro_petar_klancir on Instagram