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Vyacheslav Klokov (Russia, USSR) Wins the Snatch Competition (Moscow, 1983)

History in Color:

July 31, 1983, Moscow, Russia, USSR – 24 year-old heavyweight Vyacheslav Klokov snatches 190kg in the 3rd attempt while competing in the 110kg weight class at the 1983 USSR Spartakiade and USSR Championships at the Izmaylovo Weightlifting Arena in Moscow.

Vyacheslav Klokov (born in 1959) was one of the best heavyweights in the world in the first half of the 1980s. He won the World and European titles in 1983 and was a 2x World and European vice champion (1981, 1982). On the national level, Vyacheslav won 2 gold (1980, 1982) and one silver (1983) medals at the USSR Championships. He also set 7 world records in his career in Olympic weightlifting.

The lift featured in the History in Color photo happened to give Klokov the 1st place in the snatch program. His main opponent, Leonid Taranenko finished with a 187.5kg snatch. He missed with the 195kg while recovering from the squat position.

After winning the snatch, Vyavheslav Klokov missed in the 4th attempt for the world record (197kg).

1983 Championships of the USSR
Location: Moscow Russia
Weight Class: Heavyweight  [110 kg]
More Info On the 1983 Championships of the USSR
Rank Athlete Results (kg)
1 Leonid  TARANENKO,   Belorussia 430 = 187.5+242.5
2 Vyacheslav  KLOKOV,   Russia 427.5 = 190+237.5
3 Valery  KRAVCHUK,   Ukraine 407.5 = 180+227.5
4 Yury  CHIMROV,   Ukraine 415 = 185+230
5 Valentin  KUZMIN,   Kazakhstan 425 = 187.5+237.5
7 A.  MUSTRIKOV, 400 = 177.5+222.5
8 G.  RAMAZANOV,   Turkmenia 400 = 177.5+222.5
9 Alexander  BORISENOK,   Belorussia 395 = 172.5+222.5
10 V.  SYRTSOV,   Uzbekistan 390 = 175+219