Vasily ALEKSEYEV

Soviet Union SUN

Weightlifting

  • Olympic Medals
    2 G
  • Games participations
    3
  • First Olympic Games
    Munich 1972
  • Year of Birth
    1942
Olympic Results

Biography

Vasily ALEKSEYEV

Soviet weightlifter Vasily Alekseyev is usually considered the greatest super-heavyweight lifter in history. Alekseyev was unbeaten from 1970 to 1978, including winning gold medals at the 1972 and 1976 Olympic Games. Alekseyev won eight successive gold medals at the Olympic Games and World Championships (1970-1977), which equaled the record of Americans John Davis and Tommy Kono. He also won eight European titles and set 78 world records. His world records included 17 in the press, five in the snatch, 32 in the clean & jerk, and 24 in the total lift. He was finally defeated at the 1978 World Championships when he competed while injured. Although he competed at the 1980 Olympic Games, he failed to make a successful lift in the snatch and then retired from competition. Aptly enough, his wife's name is Olympiada.

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Moscow 1980

#AC
Super-Heavyweight (>110 kilograms)
Super-Heavyweight (>110 kilograms) Weightlifting
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Montreal 1976

G
Super-Heavyweight (>110 kilograms)
Super-Heavyweight (>110 kilograms) Weightlifting
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Munich 1972

G
Super-Heavyweight (>110 kilograms)
Super-Heavyweight (>110 kilograms) Weightlifting