Vasily Alekseyev

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Vasily Alekseyev
Personal information
Full name Vasiliy Ivanovich Alekseyev
Nationality  Russian
Born (1942-01-07)January 7, 1942
Pokrovo-Shishkino, Ryazan Oblast, Russia
Died November 25, 2011(2011-11-25) (aged 69)
Munich, Germany
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 160 kg (350 lb)
Sport
Country Soviet Union
Sport Olympic weightlifting
Event(s) + 110 kg

Vasiliy Ivanovich Alekseyev (Russian: Василий Иванович Алексеев; January 7, 1942, village of Pokrovo-Shishkino, Ryazan Oblast – November 25, 2011, Munich, Germany) was a weightlifter from the Soviet Union.[1][2] He set 80 world records and 81 Soviet records in weightlifting and won gold medals at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich and the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal.[3]

Biography[edit]

At the age of 18, Alekseyev began practicing weightlifting at Trud Voluntary Sports Society, trained by his coach Rudolf Plyukfelder until 1968, when he began to train solo. He was not a naturally large man like other super heavyweights but was encouraged to gain strength by adding weight. In January 1970 Alekseyev set his first world record, and during the World Weightlifting Championship in Columbus, Ohio in 1970 he was the first man to clean and jerk 500 pounds (227 kg)in competition. During one of his early world records Oscar State OBE one of the finest administrators and supporters of the sport remarked that the weight of over 460 pounds (209 kg) in the Olympic press looked so easy it could have been a broomstick.[2] This was the beginning of a series of 80 world records the weightlifter set between 1970 and 1977. He received bonus funds every time he set a world record by the Russian Federation; so he made it a point to gradually increase his world records by 1.1 pounds or 0.5 kg. He was unbeaten and held the World Championship and European Championship titles for those eight years. He was the first man to total over 600 kg in the triple event.[2]

However, Alekseyev's performance in the Moscow Olympics of 1980 was a disappointment. He had by then become more of a recluse, training by himself without a coach. In the snatch he set his opening weight too high and was unable to lift it, scoring zero kilograms as the result. He retired from weightlifting after the Moscow Olympics.[1]

In 1987, Alekseyev was elected to represent the Ryazan District for the Soviet Union's Congress of People's Deputies.[2] Alekseyev worked as a coach between 1990 and 1992. Under his leadership, the Unified Team earned ten medals in weightlifting at the 1992 Summer Olympics, including five golds.[4]

In 1999, in Greece, Alekseyev was acknowledged as the best sportsman of the 20th century. He was also awarded: Order of Lenin (1972), Order of Friendship of Peoples, Order of the Badge of Honour (1970), and Order of the Red Banner of Labour (1972). In 1993 he was elected a member of the International Weightlifting Federation Hall of Fame.[5]

From 1966 he lived in Shakhty. In 1971 Alekseyev graduated from the branch of the Novocherkassk Polytechnical Institute in Shakhty.

Alekseyev was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated April 14, 1975, titled "World's Strongest Man".[6]

Alekseyev died on November 25, 2011 in Germany in a clinic where he had been sent for serious heart problems.[1] He was 69. The Russian Weightlifting Federation reported his death and called him a "Soviet sports legend" and "one of the strongest people in the world".[7]

Profile

Career bests[edit]

  • Snatch: 190.0 kg (419 lbs) in 1977-09-01 on Podolsk;
  • Clean and press: 236.5 kg (521 lbs) official world record until 1972;
  • Clean and jerk: 256.0 kg (564 lbs) in 1977-11-01 on Moscow;
  • Total: 645.0 kg (clean and press + snatch + clean and jerk), in 1972-04-15, on Tallinn, official world record until 1972;[10]
  • Total: 445.0 kg (snatch + clean and jerk) on Podolsk.[9]

World records[edit]

  • 1/24/1970 Clean & Press 210.5 kg Super Heavyweight Velikie Luki[9]
  • 1/24/1970 Clean & Jerk 221.5 kg Super Heavyweight Velikie Luki
  • 1/24/1970 Total (3) 592.5 kg Super Heavyweight Velikie Luki
  • 1/24/1970 Total (3) 595 kg Super Heavyweight Velikie Luki
  • 3/18/1970 Clean & Press 213 kg Super Heavyweight Minsk
  • 3/18/1970 Total (3) 600 kg Super Heavyweight Minsk
  • 4/26/1970 Clean & Press 216 kg Super Heavyweight Vilnius
  • 4/26/1970 Clean & Jerk 223.5 kg Super Heavyweight Vilnius
  • 4/26/1970 Total (3) 602.5 kg Super Heavyweight Vilnius
  • 4/26/1970 Total (3) 607.5 kg Super Heavyweight Vilnius
  • 6/28/1970 Clean & Press 219.5 kg Super Heavyweight Szombathely
  • 6/28/1970 Clean & Jerk 225.5 kg Super Heavyweight Szombathely
  • 6/28/1970 Total (3) 610 kg Super Heavyweight Szombathely
  • 6/28/1970 Total (3) 612.5 kg Super Heavyweight Szombathely
  • 9/20/1970 Clean & Jerk 227.5 kg Super Heavyweight Columbus
  • 11/17/1970 Clean & Press 220.5 kg Super Heavyweight Volgograd
  • 11/17/1970 Clean & Jerk 228 kg Super Heavyweight Volgograd
  • 12/4/1970 Snatch 177 kg Super Heavyweight Shakhty
  • 12/4/1970 Clean & Press 221 kg Super Heavyweight Shakhty
  • 12/4/1970 Clean & Jerk 228.5 kg Super Heavyweight Shakhty
  • 12/4/1970 Total (3) 615 kg Super Heavyweight Shakhty
  • 12/4/1970 Total (3) 620 kg Super Heavyweight Shakhty
  • 12/26/1970 Clean & Press 222 kg Super Heavyweight Dnipropetrovsk
  • 12/26/1970 Clean & Jerk 229.5 kg Super Heavyweight Dnipropetrovsk
  • 12/26/1970 Total (3) 622.5 kg Super Heavyweight Dnipropetrovsk
  • 12/26/1970 Total (3) 625 kg Super Heavyweight Dnipropetrovsk
  • 2/14/1971 Snatch 177.5 kg Super Heavyweight Paris
  • 2/14/1971 Clean & Press 222.5 kg Super Heavyweight Paris
  • 2/14/1971 Clean & Jerk 230 kg Super Heavyweight Paris
  • 3/26/1971 Clean & Press 223 kg Super Heavyweight Wienn
  • 4/7/1971 Clean & Press 223.5 kg Super Heavyweight Moscow
  • 4/18/1971 Clean & Jerk 230.5 kg Super Heavyweight Taganrog
  • 6/27/1971 Clean & Press 225 kg Super Heavyweight Sofia
  • 6/27/1971 Clean & Jerk 231 kg Super Heavyweight Sofia
  • 6/27/1971 Clean & Jerk 232.5 kg Super Heavyweight Sofia
  • 6/27/1971 Total (3) 627.5 kg Super Heavyweight Sofia
  • 6/27/1971 Total (3) 630 kg Super Heavyweight Sofia
  • 7/24/1971 Snatch 180 kg Super Heavyweight Moscow
  • 7/24/1971 Clean & Press 225.5 kg Super Heavyweight Moscow
  • 7/24/1971 Clean & Jerk 233 kg Super Heavyweight Moscow
  • 7/24/1971 Clean & Jerk 235 kg Super Heavyweight Moscow
  • 7/24/1971 Total (3) 632.5 kg Super Heavyweight Moscow
  • 7/24/1971 Total (3) 637.5 kg Super Heavyweight Moscow
  • 7/24/1971 Total (3) 640 kg Super Heavyweight Moscow
  • 9/26/1971 Clean & Press 227 kg Super Heavyweight Lima
  • 9/26/1971 Clean & Press 230 kg Super Heavyweight Lima
  • 9/26/1971 Clean & Jerk 235.5 kg Super Heavyweight Lima
  • 3/19/1972 Clean & Press 231.5 kg Super Heavyweight Bollnas
  • 3/19/1972 Clean & Press 235.5 kg Super Heavyweight Bollnas
  • 4/15/1972 Clean & Jerk 236 kg Super Heavyweight Tallinn
  • 4/15/1972 Clean & Press 236.5 kg Super Heavyweight Tallinn
  • 4/15/1972 Clean & Jerk 237.5 kg Super Heavyweight Tallinn
  • 4/15/1972 Total (3) 642.5 kg Super Heavyweight Tallinn
  • 4/15/1972 Total (3) 645 kg Super Heavyweight Tallinn
  • 4/29/1972 Clean & Jerk 238 kg Super Heavyweight Donetsk
  • 6/18/1973 Clean & Jerk 240 kg Super Heavyweight Madrid
  • 6/18/1973 Total 417.5 kg Super Heavyweight Madrid
  • 1/3/1974 Clean & Jerk 242 kg Super Heavyweight Glazov
  • 3/20/1974 Clean & Jerk 240.5 kg Super Heavyweight Erevan
  • 4/28/1974 Clean & Jerk 241 kg Super Heavyweight Tbilisi
  • 4/28/1974 Total 420 kg Super Heavyweight Tbilisi
  • 6/6/1974 Snatch 187.5 kg Super Heavyweight Verona
  • 6/6/1974 Total 422.5 kg Super Heavyweight Verona
  • 9/23/1974 Clean & Jerk 245.5 kg Super Heavyweight Moscow
  • 9/29/1974 Clean & Jerk 241.5 kg Super Heavyweight Manila
  • 9/29/1974 Total 425 kg Super Heavyweight Manila
  • 11/27/1974 Clean & Jerk 242.5 kg Super Heavyweight London
  • 12/14/1974 Clean & Jerk 243 kg Super Heavyweight Zaporizhia
  • 12/29/1974 Clean & Jerk 243.5 kg Super Heavyweight Lipetsk
  • 7/11/1975 Clean & Jerk 245 kg Super Heavyweight Vilnius
  • 9/23/1975 Total 427.5 kg Super Heavyweight Moscow
  • 11/11/1975 Clean and Jerk 246 kg Super Heavyweight Arkhangelsk
  • 11/11/1975 Total 430 kg Super Heavyweight Arkhangelsk
  • 12/7/1975 Clean & Jerk 247.5 kg Super Heavyweight Montreal
  • 5/15/1976 Total 435 kg Super Heavyweight Karaganda
  • 7/27/1976 Clean & Jerk 255 kg Super Heavyweight Montreal
  • 9/1/1977 Clean & Jerk 255.5 kg Super Heavyweight Podolsk
  • 9/1/1977 Total 445 kg Super Heavyweight Podolsk
  • 11/1/1977 Clean & Jerk 256 kg Super Heavyweight Moscow

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Fyodorov, Gennady (2011-11-25). "Weightlifting-World record holder Alekseyev dies at 69". Reuters. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d Croft, Lee B (2002) [1992]. Dawson, Dawn P, ed. Great Athletes 1 (Revised ed.). Salem Press. pp. 35–37. ISBN 1-58765-008-8. 
  3. ^ "Vasily Alekseyev". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Unified Team Weightlifting at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 25, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Weightlifting Hall of Fame". International Weightlifting Federation. Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
  6. ^ "April 14, 1975 – Volume 42, Issue 15". Sports Illustrated. 1975-04-14. Retrieved 2008-12-13. 
  7. ^ (Original Russian text: "легендой советского спорта" and "один из сильнейших людей планеты". "Ушел из жизни один из самых сильных людей планеты, Василий Иванович Алексеев" (in Russian). Russian Weightlifting Federation. 2011-11-25. Retrieved 26 November 2011. 
  8. ^ "Alexeev Vasili (URS)". Database Weightlifting. Retrieved 2009-07-27. 
  9. ^ a b c "Vasiliy Alexeev". Lift Up. Retrieved 2009-07-27. 
  10. ^ "World Records from 1896 – 1972". Weightliftingexchange.com. Retrieved 2009-07-27. [dead link]

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