chidlovski (chidlovski) wrote,

Jaan Talts: The Last Tournament of the Legend


History in Color:

March 1974, Yerevan, Armenia – Legendary Soviet heavyweight Jaan Talts of Tallinn, Estonia competes in the 110kg class at the 1974 Friendship Cup in Yerevan.

With Pavel Pervushin out due to an injury, Talts was trying to re-establish his position as the best 110kg athlete.

He started in the snatch lift with an easy 162.5kg and then received a severe elbow dislocation injury while snatching 167.5kg in the 2nd attempt.

The injury ended the career of legendary Estonian heavyweight Jaan Talts, Olympic champion, 2x World champion, 4x European champion, 3x USSR champion and author of 41 world records.

The 1974 Friendship Cup in Yerevan was the last tournament that Jaan Talts competed in.

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