INTRODUCTION: The Bulgarian Olympic lightweight champion, Yanko Rusev, captured the world middleweight title at the 35th World and European weightlifting championships in France on Wednesday (16 September).
SV Yanko Rusev of Bulgaria prepares to lift 206 kgs.
SV Rusev grips weight and starts lift (2 shots)
SV Rusev makes lift to shoulders
SV Rusev completes lift walks away and bows to crowd (3 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The Bulgarian Olympic lightweight champion, Yanko Rusev, captured the world middleweight title at the 35th World and European weightlifting championships in France on Wednesday (16 September). Rusev then went on to set a world record.
SYNOPSIS: Rusev moved to the under 75 kilogram division after his triumph as an under 67 point five kilogram lightweight at the Olympics last year. His win in this competition was his fourth in succession. With two lifts, his total was 360 kilograms, equalling the world record. The Soviet Union's Alexander Pervil was second.
He lifted 357 point five kilograms followed by Cuba's Julio Echenique with 340 kilograms. After the middleweight competition was over both Rusev, who's regard as the strongest man for his size in the world, and Pervil attempted a world record jerk of 206 kilograms.
The Soviet lifter could only raise it as high as his ankles but on his fourth attempt Rusev triumphantly added point five of a kilograms to the world record set by fellow countryman Zlatev at the 1980 Olympics. The lightweight division of the world competition was won by East German Olympic silver medallist, Joachim Kunz with a total of 3640 kilograms.