Smiling Champion Alexander Pervy
December 21, 1981, Donetsk, Ukraine – Alexander Pervy (1960-1985) smiles during the 1981 USSR Cup medal ceremony for the winners of the 82.5kg weight class in his hometown of Donetsk.
21-year old Alexander Pervy of the Army club in Donetsk won the 1981 USSR Cup with a 382.5kg (167.5+215) total. He also became a national champion in a clean-and-jerk program with a 215kg lift.
Couple of months later, Pervy set his last world record when he clean-and-jerked 223.5kg at the 1982 Druzhba Cup in Frunze, Kirgizia.