Serge Reding (Belgium) In Training
The series features our color version of legendary Belgian super heavyweight Serge Reding during training sessions in Sweden in the 1960s.
Serge Reding was one of the best super heavyweights of the 1960s and up to his tragic death at the age of 34 in Manila.
He competed for his native Belgium at the Summer Olympics in 1964, 1968 and 1972. In 1968, he became a vice champion of the Summer Olympics in Mexico City. He won silver medals at the World Championships in 1968, 1969, 1979 and 1974, won the European championship in 1969 and set 6 world records in his career.
Serge Reding was a member of the prestigious Club 600 with the 620kg total of 3 lifts (220+175+225) set in Lille, France in April 1972.
As a historical reminder, there were only 5 athletes in the world that had their membership in the Club 600. Besides Reding, those were Vasily Alexeev (USSR), Rudolf Mang (Germany), Ken Patera (USA) and Stanislav Batishchev (USSR).
After the elimination of the press lift in 1972, Reding’s personal best results were 182.5kg in snatch, 235kg in cj and 412.5kg in total of two lifts.