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Parviz Jalayer (1939-2019)

Sad news came from Tehran, Iran.

Legendary Iranian Olympic weightlifter, Olympic vice champion Parviz Jalayer passed away on July 6, 2019 in Tehran, Iran. He was 79.

Parviz Jalayer was a world record holder and one of the best Iranian athletes in Olympic weightlifting in the 1960s.

He competed for his country at the two Summer Olympics – in Tokyo (1964) and Mexico City (1968).

Jalayer won a silver Olympic medal in 1968 and a gold medal at the 1966 Asian Games in Bangkok. At the World Championships of his time, Parviz Jalayer  won a silver (1968) and a bronze (1966) medals.

Our condolences go to the family and friends of Parviz Jalayer.

RIP, Champion!

History in Color:

March 30, 1952, Ivanovo, Russia –28-year old Trofim Lomakin competes for the Army Club of Moscow competes in the 90kg weight class at the 1952 USSR Championships at the State Circus Arena in Ivanovo.

In Ivanovo, Lomakin won his first national title. Three months later, he won a gold medal at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki.

All together in his career, Trofim Lomakin won 5 gold medals at the USSR Championships  – in 1952, 1953, 1955, 1957 and 1960.

Lomakin was perhaps one of the most memorable personalities among the Soviet Olympic weightlifters in the 1950s.

Lomakin won the gold medal at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki and the silver medal at the 1960 Olympics in Rome. He earned many World and European titles and he managed to win many Soviet national championships. He broke 5 world records in his career. For those who are interested in his career track and results, we have his detailed profile at the Lift Up.

With all these said, Lomakin was extremely strong by nature. His strength and physique caused many stories and accounts.

At the same time, Lomakin showed amazingly little interest in daily training and development.  Life outside the gym was far more important for him than working out for the competitions and adding weights pound by pound.

His life ended tragically at 49 when he was murdered at the horse racing track in Moscow in 1973.

One of Olympic weightlifting best, 3x Olympic champion Kakhi Kakhiashvili of Georgia turned 50 on July 13, 2019!

There are only 4 athletes that managed to win Olympic titles 3 times in the history of Olympic weightlifting and Kakhi is one of them.

He is one of the most successful weightlifters in the history of this sport. He won three Olympic gold medals: in Barcelona in 1992, in Atlanta in 1996 and in Sydney in 2000.

Congrats and best wished to the Legend!

Club 500: Gennady Ryabokon (Belarus, USSR)

History in Color:

May 18, 1966, Novosibirsk, Russia –Super heavyweight Gennady Ryabokon of the Spartak Club, Vitebsk, Belarus competes in the 102.5+kg weight class at the 1966 USSR Championships at the Dynamo Weightlifting Hall in Novosibirsk.

At the 1966 USSR Championships, Ryabokon won a bronze medal with 165+142.5+190 = 497.5kg in total.

Gennady Ryabokon (1937-2017) was the 1st weightlifter of Belarus to be inducted into the famous international Club 500 .

His best total was 550kg (195+157.5+197.5) in 1969.

Frank Spellman (USA): Paris, 1946

History in Color:

October 18, 1946, Paris, France – 24 year old middleweight Frank Spellman of Team USA wins a bronze medal in the 75kg weight class at the 1946 World Championships in Paris.

Frank Spellman (1922-2017) competed for the United States weightlifting team in the late 1940s.  Spellman representeed the USA at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London and won a gold medal in the middleweight class.

As a member of the American national team, he also won a  bronze medal at the 1946 World Championship in Paris and a silver medal at the 1947 World Championship in Philadelphia.

On the national level, Frank Spellman was a 3x AAU champion. He won national titles in 1946 and 1948 and then retired from weightlifting to pursue career as a professional photographer, artist and musician. In 1961, when Frank was 39, he made a comeback to Olympic weightlifting and won his 3rd national title.

Spellman has been inducted  to the United States Weightlifting Hall of Fame, to the Helms Hall of Fame and into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

A complete profile of Frank Spellman in Olympic weightlifting is available at the Lift up.


History in Color

June 16, 1955, Moscow, Russia – Heavyweights Paul Anderson of the United States and Alexey Medvedev of the Soviet Union exchange a friendly handshake before the first USA vs. USSR Olympic weightlifting match in the Green Theater in Moscow.

It was the first ever visit of the American sports teams to Russia during the Cold War time. It was a common routine back then that the foreign nationals were followed and observed by the Soviet secret police. In 1955, for a different reason, thousands of Russian spectators were following Paul Anderson in Moscow to get a glimpse of the Miracle of Nature, the strongest men they’ve ever seen!

In the first heavyweight micro match, Anderson outlifted Medvedev by 65kg in the 90+kg class:

90+ kg 6/15/1955 1 Paul ANDERSON 517.5 182.5+142.5+192.5
90+ kg 6/15/1955 2 Alexey MEDVEDEV 452.5 147.5+135+170




Sports Photographer Gogi Gurgenyan Turns 80

Happy 80th Birthday to Gogi Gurgenyan!

Original photography by Gogi with our color is a significant part of the History in Color series that some of you might be enjoying at Chidlovski Blog Chidlovski and Lift Up.

It’s five decades of Olympic weightlifting through the eyes of brilliant photographer.

The originals are black-and-white.

We just added color.

History in Color:

June 26, 1970, Szombathely, Hungary – 1968 Olympic champion Kaarlo Kangasniemi of Team Finland wins the gold in the 90kg class at the 1970 European Championships in Szombathely.

… and Finland goes wild! (not shown on the photo).

History in Color

July 7, 1961, Moscow, Russia – 1960 Olympic champion, heavyweight Yury Vlasov competes for the Team USSR in the 90+kg weight class in the first match of the 1961 USA vs. USSR Olympic weightlifting meet held in Moscow.

In the first match, Yury Vlasov outlifted Sydney Henry of the USA by 77.5kg in total:

  • Vlasov, USSR 527.5 (180+157.5+190)

  • Henry, USA 450 (147.5+132.5+170)


June 29, 2019 – One of the all-time and all-nations best Olympic weightlifters who ever stepped on the competition platform, Peter George of the United States turns 90!

By all means, Peter George is  of the most distinguished athletes in the history of this sport.

Brilliant technician and unprecedented competitor of his time, Peter George paved the road map to a true success in sports. He represented the USA at three Summer Olympics and brought home medals from all three of them. He won Olympic gold in Helsinki in 1952 and silver medals in London in 1948 and in Melbourne in 1956.

Peter George won gold medals at two Pan American Games in Buenos Aires (1951) and in Mexico City (1955) and won five World titles in his fascinating career in Olympic weightlifting.

Many books can be written about his career accomplishments in sports, about all the medals and titles he won, about all the legends he trained with and competed against.

The Legend turns 90 and we congratulate Peter George on the celebration of his 90th birthday!

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