December 28th, 2017

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Alexander Senshin: World Record in Moscow (1980)

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May 13, 1980, Moscow – Alexander Senshin of Voroshilovgrad, Ukraine clean-and-jerks 142.5 kg at the 1980 USSR Championship held at the Izmaylovo Arena in Moscow. It’s a new world record in the 52kg weight class.


Alexander Senshin (1949-2017) was one of the best soviet flyweights from the early 1970s to mid 1980s.


He competed for the Avangard club of Voroshilovgrad and was the 2x winner of the USSR Championship (1974, 1982), 5x siver medalist (1976, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984) и 3х bronze medalist (1975, 1981) of the nationals in the USSR. Senshin also was a 3х USSR Cup Winner (1977, 1978, 1979) and won Championship of Ukraine in 1976, 1978, 1979 and 1980.


Alexander competes at three USSR Summer Spartaliades – in 1975 (3 place), 1979 (2) and 1983 (2).


Senshin’s forte was his clean-and-jerk lift. He won 5 USSR titles in this lift (1973, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1983) and set 3 world records in the cj.

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Serge Reding (Belgium)

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The History in Color cover photo depicts legendary Belgian super heavyweight Serge Reding competing at the international tournaments in Moscow, USSR.


Serge Reding needs no special introduction for anyone who followed the history of the Iron Game.


He was one of the best heavyweights of the 1960s and up to his tragic death at the age of 34 in Manila.


He was a 3x Olympian for Team Belgium in 1964, 1968 and 1972. In 1968, he became a vice champion of the Summer Olympics in Mexico City.


Reding won silver medals at the Worlds 4 times (1968, 1969, 1979, 1974) and became the European champion in 1969. He set 6 world records in his career.


His personal best results were 182.5kg in snatch, 235kg in cj and 412.5kg in total.


Besides impressive lifts and medals, Serge Reding had a super impressive physique. He was 172cm tall and his bodyweight was over 140kg.


Some of his measurements included:



  • Chest: 142 cm

  • Waist: 120 cm

  • Hips: 122 cm

  • Thighs: 79 cm

  • Arms: 52 cm

  • Neck: 50 cm

  • Calves: 51 cm

  • Measurement around his shoulders: 165 cm

  • Shoe size: 43.