The Lift Up:History in Color series:
Mukharby Kirzhinov is competing in the 67.5 kg weight class at the 1973 national championship in Donetsk.
Kirzhinov was an Olympic champion of 1972, World champion (1972, 1973), European champion (1973, 1974), USSR champion (1971, 1973-1975), champion of Spartakiada in 1971 and 1975. He set 6 World records and was the best Soviet lightweight of the first half of the 1970s.
The 67.5kg class was usually a tough one for the Soviets to compete for medals in. Kirzhinov was a clutch lifter and managed to win over very tough opponents like Waldemar Baszanowsky, Zbigniew Kaczmarek (both of Poland), Mladen Kuchev of Bulgaria, Nasrollah Dehnavi of Iran and more.
Yurik Vardanyan is getting ready for a cj lift in the Yubileyny Palace in Leningrad.
This is an enhanced photo from the Lift Up: History in Color series and it brings us to the 1979 Soviet Spartakiada held in St. Petersburg (formerly known as Leningrad).
One of the greatest lifters of all times, Yurik Vardanyan was 22 and ended the competition with the gold medal and total of 390kg (175.5+215).
In a year he will throw a brilliant performance at the 1980 Summer Olympics. He will win the gold medal in the 82.5kg weight class with 400kg total (177.5 + 222.5).
Purely amazing athlete and the poundage lifted 35+ years ago.