1980 Olympic Weightlifting (Rigert and Alexeev).

David Rigert, Vasily Alexeev. Тяжелая атлетика важка атлетика haltérophilie ağır atletika peshëngritje ծանրամարտը цяжкая атлетыка вдигане на тежести codi pwy…

10 thoughts on “1980 Olympic Weightlifting (Rigert and Alexeev).”

  1. I read somewhere that Rigert was goig to compete in 100 kg class, but said
    someone that he will become as champion in 90 class. So that he had to lose
    a lot of weight, he said that his hamstrings were literally tearing while
    dnatching.

  2. Alexeev had not competed on an international level since bombing out with
    an injury in the 1978 worlds. It was said that he had not been seriously
    training for the Olympics and was not in the kind of shape he needed to be
    in. He made up a FAKE story to cover it up.

  3. mjmorriplymouth

    Paul Zimmerman wrote a fine article on Alexeev’s debacle for the August 11,
    1980 issue of Sports Illustrated. He is an excerpt concerning his physical
    appearance. The rest of the article can be found in the vault section of
    the SI website.

    “At 38, Alekseyev didn’t look like an Olympic champion or even a former
    Olympic champion. He looked like a very fat man in his mid-40s, massive but
    sagging on top, enormous through the belly, disproportionately thin in the
    legs. He was in doughy contrast to the tightly muscled 300-pounders he
    would be competing against—huge, well-proportioned men whose only sign of
    overweight was in the stomach.”

  4. Rigert had to drop 10 kg overnight because his coaches moved him down a
    weight class (true)… and Alexeev said his coach poisoned him in the warm
    up room(?)…

  5. RIGERT WAS BRAGGING ABOUT BEING ABLE TO DROP DOWN AND WIN SOME OFFICIAL
    HEARD THE CONVERSATION AND MADE HIM DO SO

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