September 3rd, 2017

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Athletes and Coaches of Dynamo Moscow


Athletes Coached by A. Faradzhan

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The cover photo from our History in Color series features famous athletes and coaches of the Dynamo club in Moscow, Russia in the 1970s.

Left to right:

Ambery Kipov, N/A, Yury Kozin, Vladimir Ryzhenkov, Akop Faradzhan, Valery Yakubovsky.

The black-and-white original came from the photo archives of Akop Faradzhan, well-known Soviet weightlifter and coach.

Faradzhan coached such elite athletes as Valery Yakubovsky, Vartan Militosyan and many more.

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Made in USA: Glorious Duo

T. Kono and P.George

Team USA Olympic Legends

in History in Color

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Olympic champions Tommy Kono and Peter George of Team USA exchange smiles while lifting 170kg at the open training session.

Tommy Kono won the Summer Olympics in 1952 and 1956 and won a silver medal in 1960. Peter George won the Olympics in 1952 and was a vice champion in 1948 and 1956.

Besides Olympic and world titles and records, there is fantastic period in the Olympic weightlifting history associated with these true legends of this sport.

It was a time when Team USA was the leading weightlifting powerhouse in the world and it was an honor to compete against these guys on the same platform.



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Jaan Talts Joins the 500 Club (1967)


History in Color: Jaan Talts (Estonia)

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Moscow, USSR, August 1, 1967 – Jaan Talts of Estonia competes in the 90kg of the 1967 USSR Spartakiad weight class at the “Shakhter” (Coal Miner) Weightlifting Hall in Moscow.

Talts won the gold medal with the world record of 502.5 kg in total and became the first middle heavyweight athlete in the world who joined the prestigious 500 Club.

He broke his won world record of 497.5kg that he set two month ago in Sofia, Bulgaria.

On his way to the membership in the 500 Club, Jaan Talts pressed 160kg, snatched 150kg and clean-and-jerked192.5 kg.

The final results of the tournament are shown below.


1967 Championship of the USSR
Location: Moscow Russia
Weight Class: Middle Heavyweight  [90 kg]More Info On the 1967 Championship of the USSR
Rank Athlete Results (kg)
1 Jaan  TALTS, Jiud  Tallinn 502.5 = 160+150+192.5
2 Anatoly  KALENICHENKO, Dynamo  Volgograd 482.5 = 150+145+187.5
3 Alexander  KIDYAEV, Avangard  Lugansk 475 = 150+142.5+182.5
4 Viktor  LYAKH, Army  Rostov 470 = 157.5+135+177.5
5 Alexander  KASYANOV, Lokomotiv  Leningrad 467.5 = 147.5+145+175
6 Karl  PUMPURINS, Dynamo  Riga 465 = 160+135+170