May 29th, 2021

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Friendly Armwrestling Match: Vasily Alexeev and Jaan Talts in Paris


History in Color:

Paris, France, February 1971 – Soviet heavyweights Vasily Alexeev and Jaan Talts are being caught on camera while having a friendly armwrestling match in front of the Eiffel Tower during a sightseeing tour in Paris.


Alexeev and Talts arrived to France with a small group of Soviet champions for the Memorial Jean Dame tournament.


They didn’t disappoint the fans of the Iron Game. There were 7 world records set during this tournament in February 1971.


Vasily Alexeev broke 3 of them with 222.5kg in press, 177.5kg in snatch and 230kg in clean-and-jerk in the 110+kg class. Jaan Talts pressed a world record of 203kg in the 110kg class.


Their teammates also added world records to their track of achievements – Gennady Ivanchenko (82.5kg class) snatched 153kg and Vasily Kolotov (90kg class) finished with a 540kg total.


One more record was set the 67.5kg weight class by Mladen Kuchev of Team Bulgaria. He pressed 146.5kg.