In the Soviet Union, the National Weightlifting Championships have produced a number of national and world records.
In the Soviet Union, the National Weightlifting Championships have produced a number of national and world records. Tow of them were set by a young physical education student, not yet 21 years old.
SYNOPSIS: The new star of Soviet weight-lifting is 20-year-old Sergei Arakelov. He was the youngest of the 20 entrants in the under-100 kilogramme class. He managed a total lift of 392.5 kilos... a new world record.
Next up was one of the country's better-known weightlifters, Vladimir Kononov, a former national champion in his class. Here he set a new record of 222.5 kilos in the jerk.
But the jubilant Kononov's triumph was short-lived. Back came the younger Arakelov for his attempt, and he bettered the jerk record by half a kilogram, setting his second world record.
Next, the judges turned their attention to 27-year-old heavyweight lifter, Sultan Rakhmanov. This powerfully-built athlete from Dnepropetrovsk was set on bettering earlier performances, and here, successfully lifted 237.5 kilos in a jerk.
Not all of the entrants succeeded in their attempts. Aslanbek Yenaldiev, ranked second in the Soviet Union and third in the world, failed in this attempt at 180 kilos.
Rakhmanov then returned for an attempt at the world jerk record of 242.5 kilos, but it proved just too much.
If his form continues, experts predict that Rakhmanov could take the gold medal at the next Olympics.