History in Color:
September 11, 1963, Stockholm, Sweden – 27-year old light heavyweight of Team Hungary, Gyozo Veres competes in the 82.5kg weight class at the 1963 World and European Championships in Stockholm.
One of the best athletes in the world in the 1960s, Gyozo Veres (1936-2011) is a milestone Olympic weightlifter in the history of this sport in his native Hungary. Veres was the first Hungarian Olympic weightlifter to win the World Championship (1962) and to earn the medal at the modern Olympic games (1960).
At the 1963 World and European Championships in Stockholm (on the cover photo), Gyozo Veres won his second World and European titles and set two world records – 185kg in clean-and-jerk and 477.5kg in total for the 82.5kg class.
Gyozo Veres competed at the three Summer Olympics (1960, 1964, 1968) and won bronze medals in Rome and Tokyo. He won two World championships (1962, 1963) and two European championships (1962, 1963) and authored 16 world records in his career. Veres was a definite leader of Hungarian weightlifting team in the 1960s when his country reached the elite level in international competitions.