Oleksandr Perviy

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Oleksandr Perviy
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Personal information
Born28 October 1960
Bilozerske, Ukraine
Died25 September 1985 (aged 24)
Donetsk, Ukraine
Height1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight74 kg (163 lb)
ClubSoviet Army

Oleksandr Ivanovych Perviy (Ukrainian: Олександр Іванович Первій, 28 October 1960 – 25 September 1985) was a Ukrainian weightlifter. Between 1980 and 1982 he won a silver medal at the 1980 Summer Olympics and six medals at the world and European championships; he also set four world records: three in the clean and jerk and one in the total.[1][2][3]

Perviy was known for his weak health and drinking habits. In early 1983, he had his first heart attack, which forced him to retire from sports and from the Soviet Army. Depression and lack of a job resulted in alcoholism and consequent death from another heart attack at the age of 24.[1]


  1. ^ a b Oleksandr Perviy. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ ALEXANDER PERVY. chidlovski.net
  3. ^ Первий Александр Иванович. belozerskoye.at.ua