Vyacheslav Klokov (Russia, USSR) Wins the Snatch Competition (Moscow, 1983)
July 31, 1983, Moscow, Russia, USSR – 24 year-old heavyweight Vyacheslav Klokov snatches 190,0 kg in the 3rd attempt while competing in the 110kg weight class at the 1983 USSR Spartakiade and USSR Championships at the Izmaylovo Weightlifting Arena in Moscow.
Vyacheslav Klokov (born in 1959) was one of the best heavyweights in the world in the first half of the 1980s. He won the World and European titles in 1983 and was a 2x World and European vice champion (1981, 1982). On the national level, Vyacheslav won 2 gold (1980, 1982) and one silver (1983) medals at the USSR Championships. He also set 7 world records in his career in Olympic weightlifting.
The lift featured in the History in Color photo happened to give Klokov the 1st place in the snatch program. His main opponent, Leonid Taranenko finished with a 187,5 kg snatch. He missed with the 195,0 kg while recovering from the squat position.
After winning the snatch, Vyavheslav Klokov missed in the 4th attempt for the world record (197,0 kg).