History in Color:
May 5, 1979, Santiago, Cuba – 19-year old middleweight Julio Echenique of Cuba snatches 151kg and sets a new junior world record in the 75kg class in Santiago.
Echenique had an amazing performance that night and set 4 junior world records:
- 151kg snatch
- 190kg clean-and-jerk
- 337.5kg (150+187.5) total
- 340kg (150+190) total
Julio Echenique (born in 1959) was one of the best middleweight athletes in the world in the late 1970s – early 1980s.
Echenique was one of the best junior prospects in the world. He won the 1979 World Junior championships and, as a junior, set 6 world records.
Julio Echenique competed for Cuba at the 1980 Summer Olympics and, at the age of 21, he took the 4th place in the 75kg class with a 327.5kg (145+182.5) total. In 1978-1981, he was was constantly in top 5 in the middleweight class and won a bronze medal at the 1981 World Championships in Lille, France. He also won gold medals at the Pan American Games in San Juan (1979) and Caracas (1983).
Mario Ricardo Villalobo (b. 1956) was a lightweight athlete who represented Cuba at numerous international level competitions.
At the 1978 World Championships in Gettysburg, USA, Ricardo won a gold medal in snatch and took the 5th place in total. In 1979, he won the Pan American Games in Puerto Rico with 300kg (135+165) total.
His personal best result was 302.5kg (137.5+165) total in Budapest (August 1983).