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Yury Vlasov (USSR), Isaac Berger (USA), Eino Makkinen (Finland) at the Scala Theater in London, 1961


History in Color:


July 29, 1961, London, United Kingdom – Weightlifting Olympians and guest athletes of the British Amateur Weight Lifters’ Association (BAWLA) Jubilee Championships are waiting for their turn to appear at the Scala Theater in London (left to right):


Heavyweight Eino Makinen (Finland), featherweight Isaac Berger (USA) and heavyweight Yury Vlasov (USSR)


Yury Vlasov set a world record in clean-and-jerk (206kg) at the tournament and also received a memorable award from legendary George Hackenschmidt, a milestone figure in the history of weightlifting, strongmen and wrestling sports in the World and in Russia and a definite idol of Vlasov in his younger years.