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Henryk Trebicki (Poland)

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Henryk Trebicki (1940-1996) was one of the best bantamweights in the history of Polish Olympic weightlifting.

He represented Poland at 3 Summer Olympics – in 1964, 1968 and 1952.  In 1964 and 1972, Trebicki won the 4th place in the 56kg class in Tokyo and Munich accordingly. In 1968, Trebicki won a bronze Olympic medal at the Summer Olympics in Mexico City.

Besides his solid performance at the Olympics, Trebicki was a strong bantamweight contender in the top international tournaments during his career in this sport. At the European Championships,  he won a bronze medal in 1965 in Sofia.

He became a vice champion of the World in 1971 in Lima and was 3rd in the 56kg at the 1970 World Championships in Columbus. In Columbus, OH (shown on the cover photo), Trebicki won the snatch program and was 3rd in the press.

When the World Championship was cancelled in 1967, Henryk Trebicki finished 4th at the Little Olympics in Mexico City.

On the national level, Henryk Trebicki was a 2x champion (1963, 1964), 2x silver (1969, 1970) and 4x bronze (1962, 1965, 1967, 1972) medalist in the Championships of Poland.

Henryk Trebicki was a popular installment on the Polish weightlifting team. He was charismatic and considered a great storyteller among his teammates.

Valery Kravchuk (USSR, Ukraine)

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March 18, 1984, Minsk, Belarus – World and European champion, Valery Kravchuk of Krivoy Rog, Ukraine competes at the 1984 USSR Championship in Minsk. He won the USSR title in the 110kg weightclass with 432.5kg total (190+242.5).

Valery Kravchuk (born in 1955) was one of the strongest Soviet heavyweights in the 1980s.

The 110kg weight class was one of the most difficult among the Soviet athletes to break into to compete on the international level. Kravchuk managed to win the 1982 World and European Championships in Lille where he bypassed his powerful teammate Vyacheslav Klokov.

From 1979 to 1984, Valery Kravchuk consistently won medals at the USSR Championships. He won the USSR national titles in 1981 and 1984.


Bram Charite (Netherlands) in London, 1948

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August 11, 1948, London, Great Britain – 30-year old heavyweight Abraham “Bram” Charite of Netherlands is on his way to the bronze medal in the 82.5+ class at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London. He finished with three national records and with a 412.5kg total that allowed him to win an Olympic bronze medal and a European gold medal in 1948.

Abraham “Bram” Charite (1917-1991) of Haag, Netherlands was one of three Dutch weightlifters of all times that were able to bring home medals from the Summer Olympics. Charite competed at the Summer Olympics in London (1948) and in Helsinki (1952).

So far, his bronze medal in London was the last medal won by Dutch men in the Summer Olympics weightlifting tournaments.



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July 27, 1967, Moscow, Russia – Olympic champion Alexey Vakhonin of the Trud Team (Shakhty, Russia) is preparing to enter the competition platform in the 56kg class at the 1967 USSR Spartakiade and USSR Championships in the Shakhter Weightlifting Hall in Moscow. His coach, Olympic champion Rudolf Plukfelder is next to him on the right. On the left, coach Alexander Chuzhin.

Rudolf Plukfelder was one of the best coaches in the world specializing in the individual preparation of world class athletes. There were numerous Olympic, World and national champions among his students. He began to coach Alexey Vakhonin when he still was an active lifter. In fact both, Plukfelder and his student Vakhonin became Olympic champions at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Alexey Vakhonin won the bantamweight and Rudolf Plukfelder – the light heavyweight class.

At the time of the 1967 USSR Spartakiade, Plukfelder was 39 and Vakhonin 32. Vakhonin won the tournament with a 345kg total. It was his 6th and the last national title he won in his career.

Another coach on the photo is Alexander Chuzhin mostly remembered for his training of Vasily Alexeev after Alexeev and Plukfelder had a painful break-up. There were no indications of conflicts or arguments between Alexeev and Alexander Chuzhin. However, in the end, Alexeev ended on training alone. He preferred to work on planning and training on his own. He developed his own training equipment and created his own methodology that he considered most suitable for himself.

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July 29, 1928, Amsterdam, Netherlands – Legendary Czech heavyweight Jaroslav Skobla after winning a bronze medal in the 82.5kg weightclass at the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam.

Jaroslav Skobla (1899-1959) was a magnificent Czech athlete of the early pre-World War 2 decades in the history of Olympic weightlifting.

He competed in the weightlifting program of three Olympics (1924, 1928, 1932). Skobla won the gold medal in Los Angeles in 1932, bronze medal in Amsterdam in 1928 and was the 8th at his first Olympics in Paris in 1924.

Jaroslav Skobla was also a World champion (1923) and European bronze medalist (1929). He won his country national titles in 1923, 1924, 1925, 1927, 1928.

His son, Jiri Skobla was also an outstanding athlete and Olympian who won a bronze medal at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne (shot put).



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The cover photo shot rather from an unusual angle shows well-known Soviet weightlifting megastars of the 1970s during the introduction ceremony at the Baltic Cup:

Left to right:

Vladimir Ryzhenkov (82.5kg, Moscow, Russia, USSR), Vasily Kolotov (90kg, Pervouralsk, Russia, USSR), Valery Shary (82.5kg, Minsk, Belarus, USSR), David Rigert (90kg, Shakhty, Russia, USSR)

Pavel Khek (Czechoslovakia)

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The cover photo features one of the best Czech heavyweights of the early 1980s, Pavel Khek performing a clean-and-jerk lift at the earlier stage of his career.

Pavel Khek (born in 1958) was an Olympian who competed for Team Czechoslovakia at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.

As a junior lifter, Pavel Khek showed all the signs of a big promise. He won the 4th place at the junior World and European Championships in 1976 and 1978 and set junior world records in snatch (170kg in 1976). Pavel won a Czech national title in 1982 and competed for the national team from 1976 to 1983. He had a solid Top 5 super heavyweight placing at World Championships in 1982 (4) and in 1983 (5).

His personal best results were 422.5kg total, 197.5kg snatch and 225kg cj in 1983.

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Krivoy Rog, Ukraine, 1980s – Grigory Krivonos oversees the training of his student, World and European champion, 2x USSR champion Valery Krabvchuk in their gym in Krivoy Rog, Ukraine.

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August 11, 1948, Helsinki, Finland – Swedish light heavyweight Gosta Magnusson performs a snatch lift  in the 82.5kg class at the 1948 Summer Olympics in Helsinki.

A year before also in Helsinki, Gosta Magnusson took the 4th place in the 82.5+kg class with a 370kg total at the European Championships. His bodyweight was 85.4kg.

This time at the Olympics, Magnusson’s bodyweight was 82.49 and he won a bronze Olympic medal in the 82.5kg class with a 375kg total.


Janos Benedek (Hungary)

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September 14, 1970, Columbus, OH, USA – 26-year old featherweight Janos Benedek of Team Hungary competes in the Olympic press program in the 60kg class at the 1970 World Championships in Columbus.

Janos Benedek (born in 1944) was a 2x Olympian and represented Hungary at the Summer Olympics in Mexico City (1968) and in Munich (1972). He took the 10th place at his first Olympics in 1962 and became a bronze medalist in 1972.

Benedek was one of the top featherweight contenders in the World from the late 1960s to mid 1970s. He was a 3x bronze medalist at the European Championships. At the World Championships, he held the World title, won a bronze medal and made it 5x  to the Top 5 in the world.


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