August 18th, 2020

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Victor Andreev (USSR): 1964 USSR Championships in Kiev

History in Color:

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.

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Russ Knipp (USA) at the 1972 Pre-Olympic Tournament in Germany

History in Color:

March 4, 1972, Ulm, West Germany – U.S. middleweight Russ Knipp performs a press lift in the 75kg weight class at the pre-Olympic international tournament in Ulm, Germany.

2x U.S. Olympian Russ Knipp (1942-2006) of Pittsburgh, PA was a popular personality among the weightlifters and the Iron Game fans. He was a truly world class presser and set 4 world records in his distinguished career.

Despite a significant disadvantage of a poor elbows lock-up, Knipp had an outstanding performance with the Team USA Weightlifting and competed for the United States at two Summer Olympic tournaments and took the 4th place in Mexico City (1968) and the 8th place in Munich (1972).

Russ Knipp also won the gold medals at the Pan American Games in 1967 and 1971. He was a 3x U.S. National Champion in 1967, 1968, 1971.