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Gyozo Veres (Hungary) Wins the World Title and Sets 2 World Records in Stockholm

History in Color:

September 11, 1963, Stockholm, Sweden – 27-year old light heavyweight of Team Hungary, Gyozo Veres competes in the 82.5kg weight class at the 1963 World and European Championships in Stockholm.

One of the best athletes in the world in the 1960s, Gyozo Veres (1936-2011) is a milestone Olympic weightlifter in the history of this sport in his native Hungary. Veres was the first Hungarian Olympic weightlifter to win the World Championship (1962) and to earn the medal at the modern Olympic games (1960).

At the 1963 World and European Championships in Stockholm (on the cover photo), Gyozo Veres won his second World and European titles and set two world records – 185kg in clean-and-jerk and 477.5kg in total for the 82.5kg class.

Gyozo Veres competed at the three Summer Olympics (1960, 1964, 1968) and won bronze medals in Rome and Tokyo. He won two World championships (1962, 1963) and two European championships (1962, 1963) and authored 16 world records in his career. Veres was a definite leader of Hungarian weightlifting team in the 1960s when his country reached the elite level in international competitions.


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1967 USSR Spartakiade: Top 6 in the 82.5kg Class

History in Color:

July 31, 1967, Moscow, Russia, USSR – Top 6 light heavyweights in the 82.5+kg weight class at the 1967 USSR Spartakiade and 1967 USSR Championships held at the Shakhtyor Sports Hall in Moscow (left to right):

Grigory KOCHIEV (Spartak Tbilisi, silver medal, 457.5kg total),  Boris SELITSKY (Lokomotiv Leningrad, gold medal,  462.5kg total), Nikolay KHOROSHAEV (Army Rostov-Na-Donu, bronze medal, 455kg total), Saken SHARIPOV (Army Moscow, 4th place, 450kg total), Anatoly TSARENKO (Dynamo Donetsk, 5th place, 450kg total),  Amberi KIPOV (Dynamo Moscow, 6th place, 447.5kg total), N/A (Awards Presenter)



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Club 500: Alexey Medvedev (USSR, Russia)

History in Color:

March 8, 1958, Moscow, Russia, USSR – 30-year old heavyweight Alexey Medvedev of Moscow, Russia wins the 1st place with a 482.5kg total in the 90+kg weight class at the 1958 Prize of Moscow International tournament.

Alexey Medvedev (1927-2003) was the first lifter in the Soviet Union and in Europe to join the prestigious Club 500 for those who managed to reach 500kg in a 3-lift total (press, snatch and clean-and-jerk). It happened at the 1957 World Championships in Teheran when Medvedev won a World title with a 500kg (165+147.5+187.5) total and became the 3rd athlete in Club 500.

Medvedev’s career personal best total was 507.5kg (170+147.5+190) at the 1958 USSR vs. USA weightlifting match in Chicago, IL.

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Yury Vlasov (USSR), Isaac Berger (USA), Eino Makkinen (Finland) at the Scala Theater in London, 1961

History in Color:

July 29, 1961, London, United Kingdom – Weightlifting Olympians and guest athletes of the British Amateur Weight Lifters’ Association (BAWLA) Jubilee Championships are waiting for their turn to appear at the Scala Theater in London (left to right):

Heavyweight Eino Makinen (Finland), featherweight Isaac Berger (USA) and heavyweight Yury Vlasov (USSR)

Yury Vlasov set a world record in clean-and-jerk (206kg) at the tournament and also received a memorable award from legendary George Hackenschmidt, a milestone figure in the history of weightlifting, strongmen and wrestling sports in the World and in Russia and a definite idol of Vlasov in his younger years.

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Club 500: Joe Dube (USA) Sets a New World Record in York, PA (1968)

February 15, 2021 – Happy Birthday to World Champion and Olympic medalist Joe Dube (USA)!

He turns 77 today.

History in Color:

March 23, 1968, York, PA, USA – 24-year old super heavyweight Joe Dube of Jacksonville, Florida sets a new world record in press (203.5kg) at the national meet in York.

Joe Dube (born in 1944) wais a super heavyweight super star of the 1960s and is one of all-time best U.S. super heavyweights. Joe shares the 6th place on the all-time and all-nations listing in the Club 500 with a 590kg (207.5+167.5+215) total that he reached in 1971. Since the elimination of press in 1972, the positioning in the Club 500 is eternal and stays for ever.

Joe Dube was very impressive on the competition platform. As a super heavyweight, he was big and powerful and, at the same time, he was very fast with his lifts. He was a World champion (1969), bronze medalist of the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City and a champion of the 1967 Pan American Games in Canada. He also lifted the top total at the 1967 Little Olympics in Mexico and, by bodyweight, finished second to Stan Batishev of the USSR on the medal stand.

Dune was a 6-x vice champion of the USA (1967-1971 и 1981) and  set two world records in press.




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Coaches and Athletes: Yury Vlasov and Suren Bogdasarov

Remembering Yury Vlasov (1935-2021)

History in Color:

September 10, 1960, Rome, Italy – 24-year old super heavyweight Yury Vlasov of Moscow, Russia, USSR brings into a spotlight his coach Suren Bogdasarov after a gold medal at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome.

Yury Vlasov just won a gold medal in the 90+kg weight class in the last day of the weightlifting tournament at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. His winning total was 537.5WR (180OR + 155OR+ 202.5WR). Vlasov managed to reach an unthinkable milestone for many years – he broke the world record in total (512.5kg) set by Paul Anderson (USA) in 1955.

Suren Bogdasarov (1920-2009) was a prominent lifter of the 1940s and one of the most respectful coaches of the Red Army and national weightlifting teams. The cooperation between Vlasov and Bogdasarov remains one of the greatest examples of coach-and-athlete relationships in the history of this sport.

The partnership of Yury Vlasov and Suren Bogdasarov produced many World and European titles, Olympic medals and over 30 world records. Even more important – it turned into a true friendship between two talented individuals that lasted for many decades. Way after Yury Vlasov retired from weightlifting competitions and became a successful writer and then got involved into the politics.

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Yury Vlasov (1935-2021): Farewell to a Legend

Legendary Yury Vlasov passed away in the morning of February 13, 2021 in Moscow, Russia.

Just a couple of months ago we celebrated his 85th Birthday and now the sad news that he is no longer with us.

Yury Vlasov was a huge phenomenon in so many areas – he was an outstanding athlete, a remarkable writer, a popular politician chosen by thousands of voters during the perestroika era in the USSR in the 1980s.

As a milestone figure in the history of Olympic weightlifting he was the strongest man in the world in the late 1950s – mid 1960s. Vlasov won the gold and silver Olympic medals in the super heavyweight class in 1960 and 1964 respectively. In his remarkable sports career, Vlasov won 4 world titles, 6 European titles and 5 national titles. He he also authored 31 world records.

After his retirement from Olympic weightlifting, Vlasov turned to a professional writing and journalism. In post-Soviet times, he became a successful politician, was elected to the State Duma in Russia and ran for the presidency that he lost to Boris Yeltsin in 1996.

Our condolences go to the family and close friends of Yury Vlasov.

RIP, legendary champion Yury Vlasov!