You know you are really doing something when you can accomplish world class feats without even thinking twice. Here’s the great Russian lifter Yuri Vlasov pressing around 250 lbs. from behind the neck wearing street clothes. Vlasov set thirty four world records over his career, seven of those were in the press, his best mark being 199kg, achieved in 1967 in Moscow.
Yuri Vlasov. This photograph was taken on December 22, 1961 at the Russian championships held in Dnepropetrovsk. Vlasov had a pretty good day, breaking Schemansky’s record in the snatch on a fourth attempt and setting records in the clean and jerk (210 KG) and total (550KG). As a point of interest, eleven Russian lifters totaled over 1000 pounds in that contest.
The great Soviet lifter Yuri Vlasov was a Gold Medal winner at the 1960 Rome Olympics, a four-time Senior World Champion (1959, 1961-1963) and won six consecutive Senior European Championships (1959-1964). Vlasov set 34 World records over the course of his career. Also of note is the truly excellent Russian Olympic weight set at his feet… They sure don’t make ’em like that any more (both weight set AND lifter.)