August 5th, 2017

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Sentiments On the Past


Looking through my photo archives, I found this old black and white picture with my coach in Olympic weightlifting.

It was a great time for me.

Time of learning.  Time of hopes and expectations. Time of getting stronger and more confident in myself…

Suddenly, I realized that the coach at the time was about my age today.

He was giving a lot to us for years before my time and afterwards.

Perhaps, it’s one of the reasons of me spending so much time researching the history of Olympic weightlifting and sharing the findings.

It’s a nice feeling when you can share things with others.

Hope you enjoy our historic sentiments in the History in Color series at Chidlovski Blog Chidlovski.

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Taranenko: World Record in 1980


On March 9, 1980, Leonid Taranenko from the Urozhay club of Minsk, Belorussia, snatched a new world record (187.5kg) in the 110kg weight class in Podolsk, Russia.

A few months later Taranenko became an Olympic champion at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.

8 years afterwards, he clean-and-jerked 266kg in Canberra, Australia. This world record stays active today.

No other athlete lifted more in the official competitions.


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Gennady Ryabokon (1938-2017)


Former Olympic weightlifter and coach Gennady Ryabokon died on August 5, 2017.

Ryabokon was an outstanding super heavyweight from Belorussia. He was the 8th Olympic weightlifter to bypass the 500kg landmark in total.

Gennady Ryabokon competed for Spartak Vitebsk and won bronze medals at the USSR Championships in 1966 and 1969.

“He was a wonderful coach and person,” says Roman Kucher, a friend and colleague of Gennady Rybokon. “His daughter Nadezhda told me about this sad news. He turned 79 in April. A week ago I spoke to him on Skype. He asked about the latest news in Olympic weightlifting. Everything was interesting to him.”

Our deepest condolences go to the family and friends of Gennady Ryabokon.