The World Weightlifting Championships ended in Stuttgart, West Germany, on Sunday 925 September) with the Soviet Union's super-heavyweight, Vasili Alexeev winning his eighth consecutive Olympic or World title with a total lift of 430 kilograms (946 pounds), the seventh gold medal of the championships won by the Soviet Union.
GV Competitors on stage (2 shots)
SV East Germany's Jurgen Ciezki in under 110 kgs lift (third) jerk
CU Name of Yuri Zaitsev of the USSR
GV Zaitsev makes successful lift for second place
CU Crowd applauding
GV Bulgarian Valentin Christov makes winning lift
CU Name of Jurgen Heuser of East Germany in the over 110 kilograms
GV Heuser making lift for third place
SV Aslanbek Enaldijev of USSR
CU Vasili Alexeev's name
GV Alexeev of the USSR makes winning lift
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Background: The World Weightlifting Championships ended in Stuttgart, West Germany, on Sunday 925 September) with the Soviet Union's super-heavyweight, Vasili Alexeev winning his eighth consecutive Olympic or World title with a total lift of 430 kilograms (946 pounds), the seventh gold medal of the championships won by the Soviet Union. They also took the overall team prize of the championships with 287-points. East Germany were second with 169, And Hungary third with 165.
SYNOPSIS: The championships began with lighter weight categories earlier in the week and culminated with the middle heavyweight and super heavy-weight finals at the weekend. First up were the middle heavy-weights who are seen in the finals of the jerk. Jurgen Ciezki of East Germany was third, after lifting 217.5 kilos (478.5 pounds) for a total of 390 kilograms (858 pounds).
Yuri Zaitsev of the Soviet Union bettered Ciezki's efforts, lifting 225 kilograms (495 pounds), seven-and-a-half kilograms (16.5 pounds) more than the East German managed, in the jerk. That put him in second place, with a total of 395 kilograms (869 pounds), an effort that was really appreciated by the crowd at Stuttgart's Killasberhalle stadium.
However it was the Bulgarian, Valentin Christov, who took the gold medal. Although he lifted only the same weight as Zaitsev in the jerk.... 225 kilograms (495 pounds).... he had cleared a 180 kilogram (396 pounds) weight in the snatch, with a final total of 405 kilograms (891 pounds), 10 kilograms (22 pounds) more than the Russian's total.
But it was the super-heavyweight competition which attracted the biggest crowd. East Germany's Jurgen Heuser started well with a snatch of 182.5 kilograms (401.5 pounds), but he cleared only 237.5 kilograms (522.5 pounds) in the jerk, and was placed third.
The Soviet Union's Aslanbek Enaldijev, who weighs fourteen kilograms (30.8 pounds) more than Heuser, was equal to him after the snatch, but in a gallant effort lifted 240 kilograms 9528 pounds) in the jerk, beating the East German to second place. And then came the Russian superstar, Vasili Alexeev:
He missed his first attempt at the snatch, but recovered well to make a total lift of 430 kilograms (946 pounds), clearing 245 kilograms (539 pounds) in the jerk for yet another gold medal.