October 27th, 2017

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Team CCCP in the United States (1978)

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History in Color:

A group shot of Team CCCP Weightlifting during their stay in the USA at the 1978 World Championhip.

The original photo by Bruce Klemens (USA)


Front row (l to r)):

D.Rigert (100kg, gold), Y. Zaytsev  (110kg, gold), K. Osmanaliev  (52kg, gold), Y. Vardanyan  (82.5kg, gold);

Back row (l to r):

A. Medvedev, R. Plyukfelder, N. Parkhomenko (USSR Weightlifting Federation, President), I. Nikitin, translator, V. Militosyan (75kg, silver), translator, S.  Arakelov (100kg, silver) , S. Poltoratsky, I. Kudyukov (heas coach), V. Alexeev, L. Zhabotinsky, G. Karapetyan (EWF, Vice President), N. Kolesnikov (60kg, gold), S.Rakhmanov (+110kg, silver), G.Bessonov (90kg, silver), n/a, Y.Sandalov

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Alexander Kraychev (Bulgaria)

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September 4, 1972 – 20-year old heavyweight Alexander Kraychev of Bulgaria competes at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany.


Alexander won a silver Olympic medal with 562.5kg in total (197.5+162.5+202.5). Kraychev was also a 2x vice chempion of the World (1970, 1972) and a 2-x vice champion of Europe (1970, 1971). In 1970, he won the super heavyweight class at the Bulgarian championship in Sofia. In 1972, he added another Bulgarian gold medal in the heavyweight class.


Alexander Kraychev belongs to the first wave of Bulgarian champions trained by the Ivan Abadzhiev’s system. It was a new generation of athletes from Bulgaria that proved that Abadzhev’s approach to training works when they had a sensational performance in Munich and other top level tournaments in the early 1970s.


Tomorrow, Alexander celebrates his birthday and, on behalf of Lift Up community, we send him our warmest and sincerest “Happy Birthday!”

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Closing Ceremony (1967)

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History in Color: 1967 USSR Spartakiade


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The History in Color cover photo features a group shot of participants of the 1967 USSR Spartakiade in Moscow, Russia.


The winners of the tournaments are lined up on the competition platform (left to right):


Nikolay Nogaytsev (67.5kg, Dynamo, Moscow), Erkin Karimov (60kg, Burevestnik, Tashkent), Victor Kurentsov (75kg, Army, Khabarovsk), Boris Selitsky (82.5kg, Lokomotiv, Leningrad), Yury Yablonovsky (102.5kg, Avangard, Lugansk), Leonid Zhabotinsky (102.5kg+, Army Zaporozhye)

Note: Alexey Vakhonin (56kg) and Jaan Talts (90kg) are not present in the photo.


1967 Spartakiad of the USSR
Official Part of the IV SPARTAKIADE of the USSR
7/27/1967 – 8/3/1967
Host: Moscow, Russia Arena: Shakhter Sports Hall
Number of Athletes: 303
Main Referee: V. Simakov Secretary: B. LaneevGOLD MEDALS
Weight Class Name Total (kg)
56 Bantamweight Alexey VAKHONIN, Trud  Shakhty 345
60 Featherweight Erkin KARIMOV, Burevestnik  Tashkent 370
67.5 Lightweight Nikolay NOGAYTSEV, Dynamo  Moscow 405
75 Middleweight Viktor KURENSTOV, Army  Khabarovsk 445
82.5 Light Heavyweight Boris SELITSKY, Lokomotiv  Leningrad 462.5
90 Middle Heavyweight Jaan TALTS, Jiud  Tallinn 502.5
102.5 Heavyweight Yury YABLONOVSKY, Avangard  Lugansk 492.5
102.5+ Super Heavyweight Leonid ZHABOTINSKY, Army  Zaporozhie 585


Note: To view a complete list of the winners in the weight classes above,

please follow the link associated with the weight class.