April 2nd, 2017

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Legend of the Middleweight

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On the History in Color photo, Alexander Kurynov competes in the 75kg weight class at the Moscow Cup International in 1962.


Alexander Kurynov (1934-1973) was a true legend of Soviet and world Olympic weightlifting. He was an Olympic champion (1960), 3-time World champion (1961-1963), 4-time European champion (1960-1963), USSR champion (1960). Kurynov set 13 world records during his career as a competitive weightlifter.


He was a graduate of the lifting school in Kazan and competed in the middleweight class,


In the timeline of the Soviet middleweights, the era of Kurynov is set between the eras of Fedor Bogdanovsky and Victor Kurentsov. One of the most memorable moments in his career was his victory over unbeatable Tommy Kono of the U.S.A. at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome.


 



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Coaches and Athletes: Freifeld and Ivanchenko

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Gennady Ivanchenko and his coach Mikhail Freifeld are about to start the training session.


Freifeld was the head coach of the Dynamo Riga sports club and Ivanchenko was perhaps the most successful among his athletes.  They met when Ivanchenko came to Riga to study in the famous local Sea Captains school.


The rest of the story is well known. Ivanchenko didn’t become a sea captain. He stopped by the local weightlifting club run by coach Freifeld and became a world famous Olympic weightlifter.



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