Log in

No account? Create an account

Harold Toshiyuki Sakata (USA)

History in Color:

For the most of the world, he is known as Oddjob from the Goldfinger (1964), one of the classics of the James Bond movies. In his life outside the James Bond movies, Harold Sakata (1920-1982) was a distinguished U.S. Olympic weightlifter and an Olympic vice champion in the light heavyweight.

Born as Toshiyuki Sakata in Holualoa, HI, USA, he moved to the U.S. mainland and became known as Harold Sakata. He served in the United States Army during World War II. In his youth days, he was training hard in weightlifting.

After winning a bronze (1947) and a silver (1948) medals at the AAU U.S. National Championships, Sakata was selected to represent his country in the international competitions. At the 1947 World Championships in Philadelphia, Sakata won the 4th place in the light heavyweight class. He actually showed the 3rd result in total with 367.5kg bur lost the bronze medal by bodyweight to Juhani Vellamo of Finland.

The next year, at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, 28-year old Harold Sakata of USA finished second to his teammate Stanley Stanczyk in the 82.5kg class with 380kg in total (110+117.5+152.5) and won a silver Olympic medal.


Does anyone know where in the world is Erajarvi? Anyone from Erajarvi here?

In the meantime, I looked it up on the map. It’s a small place in the Pirkanmaa region in Finland. There are about 900 residens in Erajarvi today. And it’s a historical place for Finnish Olympic weightlifting.

It is a place where on July 1, 1962, 21-year old light heavyweight Jaakko Kailajarvi snatched 143.5kg and set the 1st World record ever by a Finnish weightlifter.

There  were 33 more world records set by men’s Team Finland afterwards. There are seven world record holders in the history of men’s Olympic weightlifting in Finland since then – Juhani AVELLAN, Jaakko KAILAJARVI, Kaarlo KANGASNIEMI, Kauko KANGASNIEMI, Kalevi LAHDENRANTA, Mauno LINDROOS, and Juhani MURSU .

And the 1st world record was set by Jaakko Kailajarvi in Erajarvi in 1962.

Anyone from Erajarvi here?


History in Color:

April 28, 1965, Alushta, Russia – 29-year old super heavyweight Victor Andreev of Cheboksary, Russia is preparing to set a new world record in press (198kg).

World records holder and national champion, Victor Andreev (1936-2000) was one of the lead Soviet super heavyweights of the 1960s.

Andreev competed in the super heavyweight class for the Avangard club of Lugansk and the Trud club of Cheboksary.

He won the USSR Championships in 1966 and was a vice champion in 1966 and 1965.

Victor Andreev set 2 world records in the press lift and one of them is shown on the cover photo.

In 1967, he reached 547.5kg (190+152.5+205) in total at the 138.9kg bodyweight. It was the 3rd total in the world – behind Yury Vlasov (580) and Leonid Zhabotinsky (572.5kg).

In 1968, the doctors recommended Andreev to stop competing because of the heart problems. He died of a heart attack in 2000.



History in Color:

August 5, 1968, Budapest, Hungary – One of the first elite Olympic weightlifters to use the push jerk techniques, Arpad Nemessanyi of Team Hungary is preparing with the national team for the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City.

Of course, high altitude of Mexico City was a challenge but with some creative thinking you could learn now to deal with it even at home in Budapest 🙂

Arpad Nemessanyi (b. 1944) was one of the distinguished athletes from the famous Hungarian “magnificent seven” group that brought Hungary to the top level in the weightlifting world in the 1960s.

He was a 2x Olympian and represented his country at the Summer Olympics in 1964 and 1968. In both tournaments Nemessanyi took the 6th place in the middle heavyweight class.

Arpad Nemessanyi was a European vice champion (1964) and was known as one of the first to use a non-split style jerk in the competitions.

Roberto "Tony" Urrutia (Cuba)

The History in Color series features 18-year old junior lightweight Roberto Urrutia of Team Cuba competing in a weightlifting tournament in Camaguey, Cuba in 1975.

Roberto “Tony” Urrutia (born in 1957) was the first Cuban weightlifter ever to set a world record (1975) and to win a world title (1977).

On December 25, 1975, 18-year old junior lightweight Roberto Urrutia snatched 138.5kg and set the first world record ever for Cuba. In 1977, he won the World Championship in the 67.5kg class in Stuttgart, Germany. It was the first gold medal won by Cuban athletes at the Worlds.

While competing for Cuba, Roberto won three World championships (1977-1979), two Pan American Games (1975, 1979), took the 4th place at the 1976 Summer Olympics and set 6 world records. He was one of the most prominent athletes in Cuba and enjoyed privileged life of elite weightlifting celebrity in Havana.

History in Color

June 18, 1955, Leningrad, Russia – Paul Anderson of Team USA competes in the 90+kg class in the second match of the historical USA vs. USSR Olympic weightlifting meet held in the Leningrad Circus Arena.

In the first match, Anderson outlifted Alexey Medvedev of the USSR by 65kg in total. In Leningrad, Medvedev was replaced with Yevgeny Novikov of Belarus, USSR and Anderson won again. This time by 62.5kg.

90+ kg 6/18/1955 1 Paul ANDERSON 512.5 180+142.5+190
90+ kg 6/18/1955 2 Yevgeny NOVIKOV 450 152.5+127.5+170

It was the first ever visit of the American sports teams to Russia during the Cold War time. 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!

History in Color:

June 6, 1970, Szombathely, Hungary – 18-year old heavyweight Alexander Kraychev of Team Bulgaria competes in the snatch program in the 110kg class of the 1970 European Championships in Szombathely.

Kraychev pressed 180kg, snatched 150kg and cj’d 195kg to win a silver medal with 525kg in total.

In addition, Alexander Kraychev set two junior World records in clean-and-jerk and total.

History in Color:

November 11, 1944, York, PA, USA – Legendary American featherweight, Olympic champion Tony Terlazzo performs a clean-and-jerk lift while training at the good old York Barbell Club in York, Pennsylvania.

The original caption under the black-and-white photo was “Tony Terlazzo doesn’t look the part of the office typist when he gets to the gym that adjoins his office and lifts a 330-pound barbell overhead in two easy (for him) stages – floor to chest, then upward, Nov. 11, 1944, , in York, Penn.”

Anthony (Tony) Terlazzo (1911-1966) was certainly no typical “office typist”. He was a true legend of U.S. and World weightlifting. In fact, Terlazzo was the first U.S. modern Olympic weightlifter to win an Olympic gold medal (Berlin, 1936) and a World title (Paris, 1937).

Interestingly enough, the cover photo depicts Tony training at the York Barbell in 1944. It was his last year with the club where he learned the secrets of Olympic weightlifting and became American “Numero Uno” on the international arena. In 1944, Terlazzo left York, PA for Los Angeles, CA where he owned and ran his own gym for years.

"Are You Ready, David?" (Moscow, 1975)

History in Color:

September 21, 1975, Moscow, Russia – Soviet middle heavyweight David Rigert of Shakty, Russia is going through the last preparations after being called for the lift in the 90 kg class competitions at the 1975 World Championships in Moscow.

Rigert won the gold with 377.5kg (167.5+210) in total.

History in Color:

July 19, 1962, Budapest, Hungary – Legends of Hungarian and World weightlifting, Gyozo Veres and Imre Foldi in the training camp in Budapest.

Both Veres and Foldi were true legends of Olympic weightlifting. Both were milestone athletes in Hungary.

Gyozo Veres (1936-2011) was the 1st Hungarian World champion in Olympic weightlifting (1962) and the 1st Olympic medalist (1960). He competed at 3 Summer Olympics (1960, 1964, 1968) and won bronze medals in middleweight in Rome (1960) and in light heavyweight Tokyo (1964).

As a light heavyweight, Veres won the World and European titles in 1962 and 1963. He also brought home 2 silver and 1 bronze medals from the World championships and 3 silver and 1 bronze medals from the European championships’

In his career, Gyozo Veres set 16 world records – 6 in press, 5 in clean-and-jerk and 5 in total.

Imre Foldi (1938-2017) was the first Hungarian weightlifter to win the gold at the Summer Olympics (1972).

Despite of a physical disability, Imre Foldi competed at 5 Summer Olympics – in 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972 and 1976. He brought home medal from three of them. He won gold medal in Munich and silver medals in Tokyo and Montreal.

Imre was a 13-times champion of Hungary. At 13 World championships that Foldi competed in he won 16 gold, 16 silver and 7 bronze medals.

Imre Foldi set 21 world records – 15 in the press and 6 in the total.

The Lift Up: History in Color series continues…


Авторский Блог

То, что не скажешь по-русски. Author's daily blog in English - CHIDLOVSKI Blog CHIDLOVSKI.


Latest Month

Ноябрь 2018
Вс Пн Вт Ср Чт Пт Сб


RSS Atom
Разработано LiveJournal.com