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Yesterday's Sports - Sports History Network EPISODE 35, 3rd August 2021
Vasily Alekseyev (One of the Greatest Weightlifters of All-Time)

Vasily Alekseyev (One of the Greatest Weightlifters of All-Time)

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EPISODE SUMMARY

In 1975, the cover of Sports Illustrated identified Soviet weightlifter Vasily Alekseyev as “The World’s Strongest Man.” Few could contradict that claim. His achievements spoke for themselves. At the time, Alekseyev was preparing to win his sixth consecutive World Superheavyweight Championship.

What made Alekseyev so powerful?

When he was just 11 years old, Vasily was put to work in the forests to help his father and the other lumberjacks. It was his job to lift and move the heavy tree logs. He believed that is where he gained his great strength. His first weightlifting barbell was an axle from an old truck. He began competing in weightlifting at the age of 18, but he didn’t win his first world title until he was 28.

In March of 1970, he became the first man to lift a total of 600 kilos in the three lifts combined, clean & press, snatch, and clean & jerk. Later that year, he became the first man to clean & jerk 500 lbs at the World Championships in Columbus, Ohio. ABC’s The Wide World of Sports televised the competition and, suddenly, Vasily Alekseyev became a very famous man...............

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