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Weightlifting mourns: Vasily Alexeev died

Vasily Alexeev, double Olympic champion in Munich 1972 and in Montreal 1976, eight times World Champion, Honored Master of Sports of the USSR, and Honored Coach of the USSR died today.

Vasily set 80 world records and 81 records of the USSR, including eternal world record Total in three lifts (645kg).

Alexeev was a Member of the Weightlifting Hall of Fame 1993 and voted as the all-time best sportsman of his country. Probably he was the best known weightlifter of all times in the world. 7 January 2012 he would have turned 70 years old. At home in the city of Rostov region a great celebration was prepared, however since early November he was hospitalized in Badenhausen, Germany at a cardio clinic where he died today.

The IWF offers its deep condolences to his family and the Russian Weightlifting Federation.

Source: Russian Weightlifting Federation