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Jan Bochenek (Poland)


September 20, 2018 – Happy Birthday to Jan Bochenek (Poland, 1931-2011)! One of the best Polish weightlifters would have been 87 today…


The History in Color presents a color version of the photo of Jan Bochenek, the light heavyweight star of Team Poland in the 1950s.


Jan Bochenek (Poland, 1931-2011) was a distinguished athlete and coach of Team Poland.


As an athlete, he was a 5x champion of Poland (1954, 1956, 1957, 1960, 1961).


Bochenek was a 2x Polish Olympian. He took the 4th place in the 75kg at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne.  Bochenek won a bronze Olympic medal with  in the 82.5kg with a 420 kg (130 + 120 + 170) total in Rome in 1960.


Jan Bochenek also won 2 bronze medals at the World Championships in 1957 and 1959 and 2 bronze (1957, 1960) and 1 silver (1959) medals at the European Championships.


In the late 1970, Jan Bochenek worked as an assistant to Klemens Roguski with Team Poland and then, from 1980, coached the national weightlifting team.

Ray Rigby (Australia)


History in Color:

Edinburgh, Scotland – Legendary Australian super heavyweight Ray Rigby wins the 110+kg class at the 1970  Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh.


Both Ray Rigby and Terrence Perdue of Wales finished the tournament with a 500kg total. Rigby won a gold medal as being lighter than his his opponent.


Australian Olympian Ray Rigby (1949-1998) was the first Australian to join the 500 Club. His personal best total was 522.5kg (1970).

Yoshinobu Miyake (Japan)


The History in Color presents legendary Japanese Olympic weightlifter Yoshinobu Miyake performing snatch lift in one of the local meets in Japan.


Yoshinobu Miyake (b. 1939) was one of the best and most memorable athletes in the world of the 1960s. During his sports career, he dominated the featherweight class.


Standing just 5 feet tall, Miyake was a lieutenant in National Self-Defense Force in Japan. The legend says that his parents had to sell pigs from their farm to finance his first trip to the Olympics. Altogether, Miyake competed at four Olympics in 1960, 1964, 1968 and 1972 winning two gold and one silver medals. He set 23 world records during his career as an athlete.


Besides numerous world titles and records, Miyake became known for his signature “Frog Style” lifting techique when the athlete keeps his heels together with knees spreaded outward to about 60 degrees with a wide grip on the bar, resembling a frog upon the lift. The style became known as “Miyake Pull” immortalizing the name of its author very much like the name Dick Fosbury in high jump.


After retiring from active weightlifting, Miyake became Japanese national weightlifting coach. His brother, Yoshiyuki Miyake, also a weightlifter, won the bronze medal in the 1968 Olympic 60 kg class and won world championships in 1969 and 1971. And, of course, 4x Olympian, Olympic medalist Hiromi Miyake of Team Japan is his niece.

David Rigert (USSR): Donetsk, 1973


History in Color:

April 28, 1973, Donetsk, Ukraine – Legendary Soviet mid heavyweight David Rigertof Shakhty, Russia competes in the 90kg class at the 1973 USSR Championships in Donetsk.


In Donetsk, 26-year old Rigert won his 2nd USSR title with a 165+210 = 375kg total. Vasily Kolotov of Pervouralsk, Russia and Sergey Poltoratsky of Kiev, Ukraine won silver and bronze medals respectively.




Championships of the USSR (1918-1991)


Championships of the USSR (1918-1991)1973 Championship of the USSR
Location: Donetsk Ukraine
Weight Class: Middle Heavyweight  [90 kg]More Info On the 1973 Championship of the USSR</p>
Rank Athlete Results (kg)
1 David  RIGERT, Trud  Shakhty 375 = 165+210
2 Vasily  KOLOTOV, Trud  Pervouralsk 365 = 162.5+202.5
3 Sergey  POLTORATSKY, Army  Kiev 352.5 = 152.5+200
4 Yevgeny  PENKOVSKY, 352.5 = 150+202.5
5 Gennady  KHVAN, 352.5 = 157.5+195
6 Boris  SELITSKY, 345 = 150+195
7 Alexander  KIDYAEV, 345 = 152.5+192.5
8 Stanislav  TEREKHOV, 340 = 145+195
9 Bronis  MACHERNIS, 335 = 150+185
10 Alexander  LESHOV, 330 = 145+185
11 Dmitry  YURAGO, 330 = 145+185
12 Alexander  ORLOV, 320 = 140+180
13 Ruslan  TARKIL,
14 Anany  LARIONOV,
15 Vladimir  PAKHOMOV,


Note: The results above include the following results (kg)

TOTAL = SNATCH + CLEAN-AND-JERK

Tudor Fedor Kassapu (USSR, Moldova)


Today, Tudor Kassapu celebrates his 55th birthday. Happy Birthday, champ!


History in Color:

July 5, 1989, Frunze, Kirgizia– Middleweight Fedor Kassapu of Moldavia wins the 75kg weight class with a  350kg (152.5+197.5) total at the 1989 USSR Championships in Frunze.


Fedor Kassapu (b. 1963) is an Olympic champion of the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.


Kassapu was an outstanding middleweight athlete of the late 1980s to early 1990s. He is a World champion (1990), 3x USSR champion (1988, 1989, 1990), winner of the 1987 USSR Cup and USSR champion in the clean-and-jerk.


His personal best was 365kg (160+205) total that he reached in the 75kg class at the 1990 USSR Championships in Lipetsk, Russia.


 


Happy 40th Anniversary of the world record and Happy Birthday to Vladimir Kononov!


History in Color:

September 17, 1978, Dubna, Russia– Soviet sub heavyweight Vladimir Kononov of Samara (Kuybyshev), Russia sets two world records (225kg clean-and-jerk and 397.5kg in total) in the 100kg weight class during the Russia vs. Poland weightlifting match in Dubna.


The next day, the new world record holder Vladimir Kononov celebrated his 27th birthday!

Pioneers of Estonian Olympic Weightlifting


The History in Color presents our version of the vintage group shot of the pioneers of Olympic weightlifting in Estonia.


The first on the left is the legendary champion Arnold Luhaaar (1905-1965), one of the strongest Olympic weightlifters of the 1920s and 1930s. He competed for Estonia at 2 Summer Olympics before the beginning of World War II.


In 1928, he won a silver Olympic medal in the heavyweight in Amsterdam. Estonia didn’t sent its team to the Games in 1932 due to the Great Depression and Arnold missed the Olympics in Los Angeles.


At the Summer Olympics in Berlin in 1936 (on the photo), Arnold Luhaaar won the bronze medal. He did win the clean-and-jerk with the Olympic record (165kg) which was 2kg less than the world record of the time set by legendary Egyptian strongman Sayed Nosseir.


In 1938, Luhaaar won the bronze medal at the World championship. He was a world record holder in clean-and-jerk, 8-x champion of Estonia in Olympic weightlifting (1926, 1928, 1932-34, 1936-38) and champion of Estonia in… Greco-Roman wrestling (1931).

Karel Saitl (Czechoslovakia): Helsinki (1952)


History in Color:

July 12, 1952, Helsinki, Finland – Czech bantamweight Karel Saitl of Brno, Czechoslovakia competes in the 56kg weight class at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki.


Karel Saitl (b. 1924) is one of the most distinguished Czech weightlifters of the 20th century. From 1947 to 1961, he won 15 consecutive national titles in Czechoslovakia.


Besides being a 1952 Olympian in Helsinki, Karel Saitl  competed for  Team Czechoslovakia from 1948 to 1961. He won a bronze medal at the 1953 World Championsjps in Stockholm. At the European Championships, he won a silver (1953) and a bronze (1956) medals.

Sulev Tarros (Estonia, USSR)


History in Color:

May 16, 1983, Moscow, Russia – Sulev Tarros of Tartu, Estonia competes in the 100kg class at the 1983 USSR Spartakiade and Championships in Moscow.


Sulev Tarros (b. 1956) was one of the strongest athletes of Estonia in the 1980s.


His first coach was Helmes Harry Lemberg. During his service in the Soviet Army, Sulev Tarros was trained by well-known coach Pavel Zubrilin in Minsk, Belarus. After returning back to Tartu, Sulev was trainrd by Arne Heinleu.


Sulev Tarros was a 6x champion of Estonia (1981-1986). He won the USSR Championships in clean-and-jerk in the 100kg class at the 1984 USSR Cup in Zaporozhye, Ukraine. His personal best 417.5 (185+232.5) was also achieved at the USSR Cup in Zaporozhye on December 15, 1984.


 


 

Gennady Ivanchenko: Moscow, 1971


History in Color:

July 21, 1971, Moscow, Russia – World Champion, the first light heavyweight member of the club 500, Gennady Ivanchenko of Riga, Latvia wins a gold medal with a 500kg (170+147.5+182.5) total in the 82.5kg class at the 1971 USSR Spartakiade and Championships in Moscow.


 

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