This, to me, was and maybe still remains the greatest display of pure Olympic lifting strength ever shown. Serge Reding was a phenomenally strong athlete. I know Alexeev lifted 5 pounds more that same meet to beat him, but Alexeev used far more back arch and technique. The great Russian himself admitted Reding was stronger, and in training apparently did even more impressive lifts than this one. But the Russian had a knack for outsmarting and outpsyching his competition.
But although Reding is gone, he is not forgotten. I believe he was the first man to snatch 400 as well, and I remember seeing it on television, it was as pure and smooth as this clean and press. Doc