August 11th, 2017

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Helmut Losch


Helmut Losch (1947-2005) of Stralsund, Germany was the first Olympic Weightlifter from East Germany to earn the title of World Champion.

He won gold medal in the clean-and-jerk competition at the 1971 World Champiomship in Peru. Losch was a World vice-champion in 1973 and 1977 and won bronze medal at the World championship in 1977. At the European championships, he won silver medals in 1973 and 1977.

Helmut Losch competed at two Summer Olympics – in 1972 and in 1976. In Munich, he took the 4th place in the heavyweight class. In Montreal, he was the bronze Olympic medal as a super heavyweight. He finished 3rd behind Vasily Alexeev (USSR) and his teammate Gerd Bonk (GDR) with 165+222.5 = 387.5 in total.

On the History in Color photo, Helmut Losch is 20 and competes in the snatch lift in Germany in January 1968.




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Alfred Neuland (Estonia)


Olympic champion Alfred Neuland (1895-1966) of Valga, Estonia was definitely one of the landmark athletes in the history of modern Olympic weighting.

Neuland was a pioneer of the snatcn/clean squat style technique and was perhaps one of the first who introduced the “lock” grip of the bar.

He competed at two Summer Olympics. In 1920 we became an Olympic champion in the lightweight class in Antwerp, Belgium and, in 1924, he won a silver medal in the middleweight in Paris, France.

In 1922 he won a World title at home in Tallinn, Estonia.

Alfred Neuland held three world records – in the snatch (1) and in the clean-and jerk (2).

On the cover photo, lightweight Alfred Neuland is on his way to the Olympic gold in Antwerp in 1920.