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    Soviet mining engineer Vasili Alexeyev yesterday (27 November) claimed the titled of The World's Strongest Man in most convincing fashion, by setting new world record.

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    Soviet mining engineer Vasili Alexeyev yesterday (27 November) claimed the titled of The World's Strongest Man in most convincing fashion, by setting new world record.

    In the Strongest Man contest in London his compatriots Enaldiev and Zaitsev took second and third places.

    The Soviet success was only marred during the award ceremony, when half a dozen girls wearing white coast covered with anti-Soviet slogans surrounded the rostrum, before being hustled away by officials.

    Alexeyev's triumph wasn't entirely straightforward. The 23-stone (146 kilo-Olympic and World Champion came close to being knocked out of the competition in the snatch, when the twice failed to lift 172 1/2 kilos (280 1/4 pounds) But for his last attempt, he increased the weight to 177 1/2 kilos (391 1/4 pounds) and succeeded in lifting it.

    In the jerk, Alexeyev completely overwhelmed the competition by setting a new world of 242.5 kilos (534 1/2 pounds), adding half a kilo (one pound) to the world record he set in the Soviet Union only a month ago. The weight is equivalent to that of a small motor car.

    Alexeyev's massive total for the two lifts was 420 kilos (925 3/4 pounds). Enaldiev's total for second place was 402.5 kilos (887 1/4 pounds) and Zaitsev was third with 275 kilos (826 1/2 pounds).

    SYNOPSIS: The world's top weightlifters -- the super-heavyweights -- were in action at the Strongest Man in the World contest in London on Wednesday. This in Zaitsev of the Soviet Union. His lift of two-hundred and twelve point five kilos in the Jerk brought him third place overall -- computed from the total weight lifted in the Jerk and the Snatch competitions.

    Kingpin of the super heavyweights is another Soviet competitor, Olympic and World Champion Vasili Alexeyev. This thirty-four-year-old mining engineer has already broken world records on sixty-five occasions. Hopes of another record on Wednesday took a nasty knock when he twice failed to lift a qualifying weight in the Snatch competition. But he succeeded at the third attempt. And here in the Jerk he set his sixty-sixth world record -- an astounishing two-hundred and forty-two point five kilos, the weight of a small car.

    Alexeyev had added half a kilo to the world record he set in his homeland only a month ago. His lift won him the strongest man title, ahead of compatriot Analhek Enaldiev -- whose total weight lifted was seventeen and a half kilos less. The other Soviet entrant, Zaitsev, stepped up to take the trophy for third place.

    The World's Strongest Men were clearly bemused when half a dozen girls rushed round them wearing anti-Soviet slogans emblazoned on their white coats. They didn't lift a finger -- except to shake hands with the demonstrators. But officials quickly hustled the girls away, and left the limelight to a great Soviet weightlifting trio.

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