August 19th, 2017

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Ivanchenko at the 1972 National Championship

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The cover photo of the History in Color series features Soviet light heavyweight Gennady Ivanchenko at the 1972 Championship of the USSR.


Ivanchenko was one of the strongest athletes in this class in the world in the end of the 1960 to the early 1970s. He was the first in the world to total 500kg. It happened in Vilnus, Lithuania on April 24, 1970 and it was expected that he would be a solid candidate for the gold at the Summer Olympic Games in Munich.


H0wever, it didn’t happen to be. The competition between the Soviets for the place on the national team roster to the Olympics was fierce. Boris Pavlov and Valery Shary went on to represent the country in Munich. Both bombed out in the 82.5kg class in Munich. For Gennady Ivanchenko, not being selected to compete at the 1972 Olympics remains one of the most disappointing episodes in his career.


The photo brings back the national championship in Tallinn in 1972. Boris Pavlov of Donetsk won the gold medal in total. Ivanchenko lost 5kg to his competitor and won the 2nd place.




 


1972 Championship of the USSR
Location: Tallinn Estonia
Weight Class: Light Heavyweight  [82.5 kg]</p>

More Info On the 1972 Championship of the USSR

Rank Athlete Results (kg)
1 Boris  PAVLOV, Spartak  Donetsk 515 = 170+150+195
2 Gennady  IVANCHENKO, Dynamo  Riga 510 = 170+145+195
3 Vladimir  RYZHENKOV, Dynamo  Moscow 507.5 = 170+152.5+185
4 Igor  KALASHNIKOV, 495 = 177.5+137.5+180
5 Alexander  RUTKOVSKY, 487.5 = 167.5+140+180
6 Amberi  KIPOV, 480 = 155+145+180
7 Vladimir  BELYAEV, Army  Kiev 480 = 165+140+175

 

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Arnold Luhaaar: Berlin, 1936

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On the photo, Arnold Luhaasr competes for Estonia at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin.


Arnold Luhaaar (1905-1965) was one of the strongest Olympic weightlifters of the 1920s and 1930s. He competed at the two Olympics before the beginning of World War II.


In 1928, he won a silver Olympic medal in the heavyweight in Amsterdam. Estonia didn’t sent its team to the Games in 1932 due to the Great Depression and Arnold missed the Olympics in Los Angeles.


At the Summer Olympics in Berlin in 1936 (on the photo), Arnold Luhaaar won the bronze medal. He did win the clean-and-jerk with the Olympic record (165kg) which was 2kg less than the world record of the time set by legendary Egyptian strongman Sayed Nosseir.


In 1938, Luhaaar won the bronze medal at the World championship. He was a world record holder in clean-and-jerk, 8-x champion of Estonia in Olympic weightlifting (1926, 1928, 1932-34, 1936-38) and champion of Estonia in… Greco-Roman wrestling (1931).




1936 Summer Olympics
Location: Berlin, GER
Weight Class: Super Heavyweight  [82.5+ kg]</p>

More Info On 1936 Summer Olympics

Rank Athlete Results (kg)
1 Josef MANGER, Germany 132.5OR + 122.5+ 155 = 410WR
2 Vaclav PSENICKA SR., Czechoslovakia 122.5 + 125+ 155 = 402.5
3 Arnold LUHAAAR, Estonia 115 + 120+ 165OR = 400
4 Ronald WALKER, Great Britain 110 + 127.5+ 160 = 397.5
5 Hussein MOUKHTAR, Egypt 112.5 + 122.5+ 160 = 395
6 Josef ZEMAN , Austria 110 + 122.5+ 155 = 387.5
7 Paul WAHL, Germany 115 + 110+ 150 = 375
8 Rudolf SCHILLBERG, Austria 125 + 107.5+ 140 = 372.5
9 John GRIMEK, United States 115 + 105+ 137.5 = 357.5
10 Marcel DUMOULIN, France 100 + 110+ 145 = 355
11 Vaclav BECVAR, Czechoslovakia 95 + 110+ 150 = 355
12 David MOYER, United States 100 + 107.5+ 145 = 352.5
13 Ernst FISCHER, Switzerland 102.5 + 90+ 125 = 317.5

 

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Bohuslav Braum, Czechoslovakia

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Continuing our World Wide Rigert-O-Mania, we introduce the photo of super heavyweight Bohuslav Braum of Czech Republic.


Bohuslav Braum (born in 1956) represented Czechoslovakia in 1979-1984.


He won the bronze world and Eueopean medal in 1982 in Ljubljana, Yugoslavia and took the 5th place in the super heavyweight class at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.


On the national arena, Braum competed for the Baník Sokolov and Dukla Trenčín and won four national titles (1980, 1981, 1983, 1984)


Note: Special thanks to our friend Karel Prohl at vzpirani.cz for detailed info on Bohuslav Braum.