September 19, 1958, Stockholm, Sweden – Fedor Bogdanovsky, 28-year old middleweight of Leningrad, Russia performs a split-style snatch in the 75kg class at the 1958 World and European Championships in Stockholm.
Soviet middleweight lead of the 1950s, Olympic champion Fedor Bogdanovsky of Leningrad, Russia performs a split-style snatch in the 75kg class at the 1959 Prize of Moscow international tournament.
Olympic champion Fedor Bogdanovsky (1930-2014) was the Soviet middleweight lead in the 1950s. His rivalry with Tommy Kono of the United States was perhaps one of the most memorable classics of that era in the Olympic weightlifting. In fact, in the background on the cover photo, one can recognize Bob Hoffman, Chuck Vinci and Tommy Kono watching Bogdanovsky’s snatch.
In the end of the day, Kono won a gold medal with a world record in total (430kg). Bogdanovsky won the silver at the Worlds and gold at the European Championships with 422.5kg in total.
Kono vs. Bogdanovsky was a legendary rivalry between two weightlifting legends. Only in 1958, they competed against each other on such major international tournaments as:
- March 1958 – Kono won the 1st place at the Prize of Moscow in Russia;
- May 1958 – Bogdanovsky won by 2 to 1 in the USA vs USSR 3-match tournament in the United States (Chicago, Detroit, NYC)
- September 1958 – Kono won the World title in Stockholm.