July 19, 1964, Kiev, Ukraine, USSR – 28-year old super heavyweight Victor Andreev of Lugansk, Ukraine bypasses the 500kg total and wins his first national medal at the 1964 USSR Championships in Kiev.
In Kiev, Andreev won a silver medal with a 502.5kg (165+147.5+190) total. By 1967, he reached 547.5kg (190+152.5+205) in total at the 138.9kg bodyweight and stood really tall in the world. He had the 3rd highest total in the world – behind Yury Vlasov (580) and Leonid Zhabotinsky (572.5kg).
World records holder and national champion, Victor Andreev (1936-2000) was one of the lead Soviet super heavyweights of the 1960s. He competed for the Avangard club of Lugansk and the Trud club of Cheboksary. Andreev won the USSR Championships in 1966 and was a vice champion in 1964 and 1965.
At the international level, Victor Andreev won the 1965 Prize of Moscow and the 1967 Friendship Cup. He set 2 world records in his career (both in the press lift). He represented the Soviet Union at the 1965 European Championships and bombed out when he failed to lift 180kg in the press competition.
In 1968, medical exams showed he had heart problems and it was recommended that Andreev had to stop weightlifting.
Victor Andreev died of a heart attack in 2000.