History in Color:
March 11, 1961, Moscow, Russia – The first Polish Olympic champion in weightlifting, middle heavyweight Ireneusz Palinski wins in the 90kg weight class with new world record in clean-and-jerk (186.5kg) at the 1961 Prize of Moscow international tournament in Russia.
Ireneusz Palinski (1932-2009) was the first Olympic champion of Team Poland and, by all means, one of the best middle heavyweights in the history of Polish and world weightlifting of the 20th century.
In addition to his heroic win in the 82.5kg class at the 1960 Olympics in Rome, Ireneusz Palinski won the World Championship (1961), 4 silver world medals (1959, 1962, 1963, 1966) и 2 bronze awards (1958, 1964). He set 7 world records.
He was a 9x champion of his native Poland and set 56 national records.