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Alexander Pervy


Alexander Pervy (1960-1985) was one of me personal favorite athletes in Olympic weightlifting. Very slick technician and strong lifter, he definitely was a clutch lifter in the competitions. The more pressure was mounting in the battles on the platforms, the better and stronger he performed his lifts.

On the cover photo, Alexander Pervy of Donetsk, Ukraine competes in the 75kg class at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. Pervy won the silver Olympic medal that night. I’ve heard many experts saying that it was impossible to win over Asen Zlatev of Bulgaria that night.

Perhaps, they are right but I still think that Alexander Pervy was superb in 1980 too and pushed Zlatev to his very limits with three sensational world records set during the unforgettable battle between Zlatev and Pervy at the 1980 Summer Olympics.

Back in 1987 or 1988, I wasn’t weightlifting anymore. I was at the peak of my stand-up comedy and had a few TV programs going and came with a concert show to Donetsk.  The show was a blast with full house every night and local producers offered us to see  whatever we wanted in their town. Without a blink in my eyes, I said that I would have loved to see Alexander Pervy. That was the first time I heard that Pery is no longer with us.

I still remember the shocking sadness and pain hearing that Pervy died at 25…




Gerd Bonk of East Germany performs a clean-and-jerk lift (cj).

The cj lift was the strongest lift of Bonk.

It was Gerd Bonk who bypassed the 250kg record mark in the clean-and-jerk.

Special thanks for the original b/w photo sent to us by Rolf Eberhard (Switzerland)

From the History in Color series at Chidlovski Blog Chidlovski.


Schemansky and Kono in Switzerland


Legendary U.S. weightlifters Norbert Schemansky and Tommy Kono are captured on camera during the international tournament in Basel, Switzerland in 1953.

Special thanks for the original b/w photo sent to us by Rolf Eberhard (Switzerland)

From the History in Color series at Chidlovski Blog Chidlovski.




One of all-time greatest Olympic weightlifters in the history of this sport, Mohammad Nassiri of Iran performs a snatch lift.

Mohammad Nassiri competed at 4 Summer Olympics  (1964, 1968, 1972, 1976). He won gold medal in Mexico City, silver medal in Munich and bronze medal in Montreal. He is a 5x World Champion (1968, 1969, 1970, 1973, 1974), 3-х champion of the Asian Games (1966. 1970, 1974).

Nassiri competed in the flyweight and in the bantamweight classes and set 15 world records (3 press, 10 cj and 2 total)

Currently he lives in British Columbia, Canada.

From the History in Color series at Chidlovski Blog Chidlovski.

Eduard Brovko


History in Color:

Eduard Brovko (1936-1998) competes in the 90kg weight class at the 1963 World Championship in Stockholm.

World class weightlifter Eduard Brovko became an outstanding coach after ending his career as an athlete. He coached Olympic Champion Sultan Rakhmanov.

Previously in the History in Color series:

Rakhmanov and Brovko

Rakhmanov and Brovko

They Were the First Ones


History in Color:

7x USSR Champion Mitrofan Kosarev (1911-2005) and 11x USSR Champion  Nikolay Shatov.

They were the great pioneers of the Soviet Olympic weightlifting in the 1930s and 1940s.

The original b/w photo was given to the Lift Up project by Sergey Kosarev, the son of Mitrofan Kosarev. His father never lost a national tournament back in the days and Sergey himself is an outstanding personality in the Iron Game world.

Team USA Weightlifting in Basel (1953)


History in Color:

Members of Team USA 1953 at the tournament in Basel, Switzerland.

Left to right:

Jim Bradford, Tommy Kono, Clyde Emrich, Norbert Schemansky, Dave Sheppard.

Special thanks for the original b/w photo sent to us by Rolf Eberhard (Switzerland)

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