chidlovski (chidlovski) wrote,

50 Years Ago: Vasily Alexeev Reaches 600kg Milestone!

History in Color:

March 4, 1970, Minsk, Belorussia – Soviet giant of the super heavyweight Vasily Alexeev of Shakhty, Russia reaches 600kg (213+170+217.5) total in the 110+kg class at the 1970 Friendship Cup in Minsk and launches the elite Club 600 for the strongest weightlifters in the world.

Vasily Alexeev also set two new world records – 213kg in the Olympic press and 600kg in total. Only five athletes were able later to join the Club 600 based on their participation in the official Olympic weightlifting competitions. Here is the list of athletes in the Club 600:

Club 600

Athlete Nat. Class Total Date, Tournament
1. Vasily ALEXEEV Superheavy 645KG (235+172.5+237.5) 1972, USSR Nationals, Tallinn, USSR
2. Ken PATERA Superheavy 632.5KG (229+175+229) 1972, Olympic Tune-Up, San Francisco, USA
3. Rudolf MANG Superheavy 630KG (230+177.5+222.5) 1972, European Championship, Constanta, Romania
4. Serge REDING Superheavy 620KG (220+175+225) 1972, International Tournament, Lille, France
5. Stanislav BATISHCHEV Superheavy 620KG (220+175+225) 1972, USSR Nationals, Tallinn, USSR


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