February 14, 1971, Paris, France – Legendary Vasily Alexeev snatches an opener at the Memorial Jean Dame tournament in France. Another legendary lifter, heavyweight Jaan Talts is assisting Alexeev and can be seen between the curtains in the back.
This was still an “early period” of Vasily Alexeev’s era in the super heavyweight. He was 29 and just a year ago won his first world title at the 1970 World Championships in Columbus, OH, USA.
In his career, Alexeev set 80 world records. 32 of them were in the clean-and-jerk, 17 in the press lift, 27 in total and 4 in the snatch. One of these snatch world records was actually set during the tournament in France shown on the cover photo.
Here is complete list of snatch world records set by Vasily Alexeev:
- 177kg (Shakhty, 12/4/1970)
- 177.5 (Paris, 2/14/1971)
- 180kg (Moscow, 7/24/1971)
- 187.5 (Verona, 6/6/1974)