A crop of new records, including a new world records, emerged from the second day of the two-day international Weightlifting Competition in Montreal, Canada, on Sunday (7 December).
SV Alexeev (USSR) lifting 172.5 KGS in snatch.
SCU Baczako (Hungary) lifts 190 KGS in clean and jerk for new Hungarian record and crowd applauding. (2 shots)
SV Pavlasek (Czechoslovakia) snatching 162.5 KGS and crowd applauding. (2 shots)
SV Cameron (USA) snatches 165 KGS for new Pan-American record as judges watch. (2 shots)
SV Jakovou (Greece) clean and jerks 185 KGS.
CU Rigert (USSR) clean and jerks 207.5 KGS.
SV Cameron (USA) clean and jerks 215 KGS for new Pan-American and new US records, and crowd Applauding. (2 shots)
CU Alexeev (USSR) clean and jerks 247.5 KGS for new world record.
CU Scoreboard registering 247.5 KGS.
SV Alexeev on winners rostrum.
Initials VS 18.00 VS 18.20
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Background: A crop of new records, including a new world records, emerged from the second day of the two-day international Weightlifting Competition in Montreal, Canada, on Sunday (7 December).
Soviet super-heavyweight Vasili Alexeev -- considered to be the strongest weightlifter in the world -- stunned his opponents with a massive clean and jerk of 247.5 Kilograms (544.6 pounds) to smash his own world record and take the gold medal in his class. Alexeev, world, Soviet and Olympic record holder, was leading a team of 18 top European weightlifters challenging an American team of champions from the recent Pan-American games in Mexico.
The competition was divided into nine sections, from flyweight through to super-heavyweight, with four competitors in each grouping. In all, eight world and nine Pan-American champions took part, but the event was dominated by the Europeans.
In the heavyweight class, however, Mark Cameron of the United States evened the honours somewhat when he took two new Pan-American records with a snatch of 165 Kilograms (363.7 pounds) and a clean and jerk of 215 Kilograms (473.9 pounds). His snatch result also broke the existing United States national record.
Yet another new national record was set up during Sunday's final rounds by Hungarian lifter, Peter Baczako. He completed a snatch of 190 Kilograms (418.9 pounds) in the light-heavyweight class to beat the existing Hungarian record, but the gold medal in the class overall went of Soviet athlete Valeri Shary.
The International Competition gave Canadian sports fans some idea of the sort of weightlifting prowess they can expect during the Olympic Games in Montreal next july...although the rounds proved disappointing for home heavyweight champion, Russ Prior.
Competition organisers used the occasion to test the newly-designed electronics result system to be use in the forthcoming Olympics.