50 years ago, on December 19-22, 1968, the 1968 USSR Team Championships tournament was held in Alma Ata, Kazakhstan. The winners were:
- 1st place – Soviet Army Team,
- 2nd place – Dynamo Team,
- 3rd place – Burevestnik Team (colleges and universities)
The 1968 USSR Team Championships was one of the first tournaments covered by a young photographer Gogi Gurgenyan of Fergana, Uzbekistan. With his permission, we publish our color version of his black-and-white photos in our History in Color series.
History in Color:
December 22, 1968, Alma Ata, Kazakhstan – Solid national level heavyweight, Nikolay Kharchuk of Zaporozhye, Ukraine, competes for the Spartak Team in the 110kg class at the 1968 USSR Team Championships in Alma Ata.
Nikolay Kharchuk (b. 1942) competed for the Spartak Zaporozhye. As a strong and reliable heavyweight, Kharchuk was listed in Top 10 Soviet heavyweights on numerous occasions. He won the gold at the 1971 Ukrainian Championships and a bronze medal at the 1973 Ukrainian Championships.
Nikolay Kharchuk was a member of the international Club 500. At the 1971 USSR Spartakiade in Moscow, he reached his personal best total of 540kg (185+155+200) and took the 6th place in the heavyweight class. His personal best in the total of 2 lifts was 367.5kg (162.5+205) in 1973.
50 years after pressing heavy in Alma Ata, Nilolay Kharchuk joined the Facebook social network and we can say hello to the heavyweight champion!