History in Color:
Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, Spring 1979 –Olympic champion Valery Shary, middle heavyweight from Minsk, Belarus, is training with the other top candidates to compete at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow during the Team USSR training camp in Dnepropetrovsk.
Valery Shary (born in 1947) was a 2x Olympian of Team USSR. He competed in the light heavyweight class at the Summer Olympics in Munich (1972) and in Montreal (1976) and became an Olympic champion in 1976.
Shary was also one of the top candidates in the 90kg weight class for the 1980 Olympics in Moscow.
Shary was a 2x World champion (1975, 1976) and a 2x European champion (1975, 1976). On the national level he was 4x USSR champion (1975, 1977, 1978, 1979), 2x USSR Spartakiade champion (1975, 1979), 3x USSR Cup winner (1971, 1978, 1979).
Valery Shary was a member of Club 500 with a 527.5kg total (178+155+195) set in Moscow on May 15, 1972. With a press lift out of Olympic weightlifting after 1972, this total stays as an eternal record in this sport.
His personal best totals were 367.5kg (162.5 + 205) in 82.5kg (February 1976) and 392.5kg (172.5+220) in the 90kg class (September 1980)
Valery Shary authored 13 world records.