December 21, 1981, Donetsk, Ukraine – Alexander Pervy (1960-1985) smiles during the 1981 USSR Cup medal ceremony for the winners of the 82.5kg weight class in his hometown of Donetsk.
21-year old Alexander Pervy of the Army club in Donetsk won the 1981 USSR Cup with a 382.5kg (167.5+215) total. He also became a national champion in a clean-and-jerk program with a 215kg lift.
Couple of months later, Pervy set his last world record when he clean-and-jerked 223.5kg at the 1982 Druzhba Cup in Frunze, Kirgizia.
April 26, 1974, Tbilisi, Georgia – Legendary light heavyweight Vladimir Ryzhenkov and his coach Vladimir Pishkarev, both of Moscow Dynamo club, are celebrating their gold medals on the top of medal stand for the victory in the 82.5kg class ath the 1974 USSR Championship in Tbilisi.
Vladimir Ryzhenkov (1948-2011) won the title with a 357.5kg total (160+197.5). It was his last national gold medal. In a few month, he has an elbow dislocation injury when he went for the world record in snatch at the World Championship in Manila in September 1974.
His coach, Vladimir Pushkarev (1921-1994) was an outstanding coach as well as an athlete in his lifting days. He was a European champion, World championship medalist and held 4 gold medals of the USSR championships in the middleweight and light heavyweight classes.
On the photo, Prushkarev is 53. Needless to say, recently Russian sports authorities came up with a decision to set a 50 years mark as an age for coaches retirement. Perhaps, we are out of the loop here or missing something but 50 seems to be an age when the coaches are getting first wisdom in their career and not really a time for a fun retirement party.