Boris Pavlov Goes for a World Record in Minsk
March 17, 1970, Minsk, Belarus – 23-year old Boris Pavlov. light heavyweight of the Spartak Donetsk club, is going for a world record in clean-and-jerk (192kg) in the 82.5kg class at the 1970 Friendship Cup in Minsk.
At the time, the attempt wasn’t successful and Pavlov finished with a 467,5kg (157.5+135+180) total. 1968 Olympic champion Boris Selitsky won the first place with a 477.5kg in total. M.Ohuchi of Japan and G. Horwat of Hungary won the 2nd and 3rd places respectively.
One of the best Soviet light heavyweights in the ealy 1970s, Boris Pavlov (1947-2008) of Donetsk, Ukraine was the World Champion (1971), European Champion (1972) and USSR Champion (1972) in the light heavyweight class (82.5kg). His strongest lift was clean-and-jerk. He set 6 world records – 3 in cj and 3 in total.
Pavlov won his first (and last) USSR title at 1972 USSR Championships in Tallinn with a world record – 515kg (170+150+195) in total. A month later he won the 1972 European Championships In Romania and became a very solid candidate to represent the USSR at the Summer Olympics in Munich in a highly competitive 82.5kg class.
The 1972 season seemed to mark the career high performance for Boris Pavlov. However, it ended with a disaster when Pavlov and three other major Soviet contenders for the top medals bombed out at the Olympics in Munich.