April 3rd, 2017

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From Here To Eternity


The History in Color series continues with a historical photo depicting Yury Vlasov breaking world record in the press lift in 1962 in Moscow.

It was the first press world record set by Vlasov. Actually, there was more in it. It was the first press world record ever set by the Soviets in the super heavyweight class.

On April 2, 1962, Yury Vlasov pressed 186kg and broke the last record set by legendary Paul Anderson of Team USA. At the time, it was considered to be a record for eternity. Andersen pressed 185.5kg in 1955 in Munich. It lasted almost 7 years.

Later in his career, Yury Vlasov increased the record press up to 199kg (1967)

The first athlete who broke 200kg barrier in the press was Leonid Zhabotinsky of Ukraine. He pressed 201.5kg in 1967 in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The last and really eternal record was set by another legendary super heavyweight, Vasily Alexeev of Russia. He pressed 236.5kg in Tallinn, Estonia and it was a big fat full stop in the book of records for the press lift. It was discontinued by the end of 1972.

Video segment: Vasily Alexeev (USSR) presses 235kg at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich.


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Arnold Considers A Part In "Jiggity Jig"


New book by Susie Stone gets a good review from celebrities.

Arnold has send us a message that he might be interested in playing a part of the movie. Of course, requests to change the main character from a little girl to a big boy and the place from a little town in Missouri to a little village in Austria are rather questionable. However, the author is glad that Arnie liked the story.


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Incline Press by Louis Martin

Incline Press by Louis Martin

Louis Martin (1936-2015) is perhaps the best British athlete in the history of Olympic weightlifing.

He won 4 World championships (1959, 1962, 1963, 1965), 4 European championships (1959, 1962, 1963, 1965), 3 Commonwealth Games (1962, 1966, 1970) and set 2 world records in his career.

At the Summer Olympics, Martin won bronze in 1960 and silver in 1964.

The feature photo showcases Louis Martin in training doing the incline press.