Meso Hassona (96 QAT) is one of the fastest improving and most successful weightlifters alive. After setting a Jr World Record in the clean and jerk and total at 225kg / 397kg at just 20 years of age, he went on to take the silver medal at the 2019 World Championships.

Now, at 22 years of age, he looks to be one of the favourites for the gold medal in the 96kg category at the Olympics. With an extra year to train for the postponed Summer Games, Meso has more time to hit his dream performance of 190/240/330, a total that would be untouchable for any current lifter, and almost all of those from the past.

On this week’s episode of the podcast, Meso joined me to talk more about how the delay of the Olympics has affected his mind and training, his rivalry with the Chinese World Champion Tian Tao, and how his record-setting program is formed on a day-to-day basis.

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