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    A crop of new records, including a new world records, emerged from the second day of the two-day international Weightlifting Competition in Montreal, Canada, on Sunday (7 December).

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    A crop of new records, including a new world records, emerged from the second day of the two-day international Weightlifting Competition in Montreal, Canada, on Sunday (7 December).

    Soviet super-heavyweight Vasili Alexeev -- considered to be the strongest weightlifter in the world -- stunned his opponents with a massive clean and jerk of 247.5 Kilograms (544.6 pounds) to smash his own world record and take the gold medal in his class. Alexeev, world, Soviet and Olympic record holder, was leading a team of 18 top European weightlifters challenging an American team of champions from the recent Pan-American games in Mexico.

    The competition was divided into nine sections, from flyweight through to super-heavyweight, with four competitors in each grouping. In all, eight world and nine Pan-American champions took part, but the event was dominated by the Europeans.

    In the heavyweight class, however, Mark Cameron of the United States evened the honours somewhat when he took two new Pan-American records with a snatch of 165 Kilograms (363.7 pounds) and a clean and jerk of 215 Kilograms (473.9 pounds). His snatch result also broke the existing United States national record.

    Yet another new national record was set up during Sunday's final rounds by Hungarian lifter, Peter Baczako. He completed a snatch of 190 Kilograms (418.9 pounds) in the light-heavyweight class to beat the existing Hungarian record, but the gold medal in the class overall went of Soviet athlete Valeri Shary.

    The International Competition gave Canadian sports fans some idea of the sort of weightlifting prowess they can expect during the Olympic Games in Montreal next july...although the rounds proved disappointing for home heavyweight champion, Russ Prior.

    Competition organisers used the occasion to test the newly-designed electronics result system to be use in the forthcoming Olympics.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAB5OPO6HXJ6K9EVXEL55YNY6T
    Media URN:
    VLVAAB5OPO6HXJ6K9EVXEL55YNY6T
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/12/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:49:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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