Open class competitor Petar Klancir’s path to Olympia has been strewn with obstacles and he doesn’t seem to be stopping. In an Instagram post on Thursday, August 4, 2022, Klancir announced that he would be ending his bodybuilding season after suffering a right bicep injury.
“It’s a wrap! 2022 has been an emotional roller coaster for my bodybuilding career. Petar Klancir wrote.
Klancir has made quite an impression in recent years in the IFBB Pro League. His detailed muscle mass, impressive biceps and full chest catapulted him into the limelight. He shook up the Men’s Open division a few years ago when he claimed 10th place at the 2017 San Marino Pro. Although his package wasn’t sharp enough to reach the podium, the result didn’t deter Petar to make improvements.
In 2018, Klancir got a lot of attention from the bodybuilding community due to his cartoonish build. With ideal structure and symmetry, fans were curious how much muscle mass Petar can pack on his physique.
He proved adding mass wouldn’t be a problem and returned to action after a long hiatus in May. After visa issues kept him from attending a few events, he finally got a chance to compete in the 2022 California State Pro.
Petar brought arguably the most conditioned package of his career to Golden State, but he was unable to pass Andrea Muzi, Tonio Burton, Mohamed Shaaban and champion Charles Griffen.
Last month, Klancir brought his physique to Portugal where he managed to place third at the Mr. Big Evolution Pro 2022 show. Klancir showcased an exceptional look and pushed second place Andrea Muzi and champion Andrea Presti into a battle tight. With fans clamoring to see him on bodybuilding’s most prestigious stage, the Croatian bodybuilder’s Olympic aspirations are now on hold.
Petar Klancir out the rest of the year with a right bicep injury
On Thursday, Petar told his fans he thought his season would last longer, but a bicep injury kept him out of action for the rest of 2022.
“I missed two competitions at the start of the season due to US visa issues, on the competitions I reached the first calls with no problem and as a highlight I finished 3rd on the @mrbigevolution competition in Portugal .
Maybe the season would last longer, but I suffered an injury and I’ll tell you more tomorrow.
But nevertheless, I want to thank all my followers and supporters around the world, you have been amazing 🙏 I have received so many messages of #support and love and it means a lot to me,” Petar Klancir wrote on Instagram .
According to the Open class contender, he plans to update everyone with injury details imminently. He is grateful for all the support and reflected on some of the highlights of a season he described as an “emotional roller coaster”.
It looks like Petar has ended his current season. However, bodybuilders have September 13, 2021 through November 20, 2022 to earn their Olympia qualification for the event, which runs December 15-18 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Athletes can either win a show and earn an invite, or qualify based on points earned by competing in various IFBB Pro League competitions throughout the year. Petar reacts to the bicep injury below:
“This week I suffered a biceps injury, my right arm biceps tendon broke 😬 (again). I had the same problem before 10 years ago but on my left arm. So, what is the plan ?
Competitive season is over as I mentioned before, next week I have an appointment for MR and surgery will follow soon after.
Nevertheless, I feel positive and I will overcome this without any difficulty, maybe I can’t train arms and back, but that doesn’t mean I can’t progress on other muscle groups, especially LEGS and abs. Petar Klancir wrote.
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Klancir has certainly endured a rocky 2022 bodybuilding season. After revealing a bicep injury, it’s still unclear when fans can expect to see the Croatian pro back on stage.