November 9th, 2017

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Go USA Weightlifting Marathon: Team USA (1952)

Team USA 1952

The 2017 IWF World Championships tournament is scheduled to be held in Anaheim, USA from November 27, 2017 t0  December 5, 2017. The Lift Up and our sub-publications continue the Go USA Weightlifting Marathon superseries of historical articles to cheer up the Team USA ang all the fans of the Iron Game who certainly will be following one of the key Olympic weightlifting of the year.

This enhanced team photo portrays the U.S. Olympic weightlifters in York, PA before they went to represent the country at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki (left to right):

John Davis (90kg+, gold medal), Norbert Schemansky (90kg, gold medal), Peter George (75kg, gold medal), Stanley Stanczyk (82.5kg, silver medal), Clyde Emrich (82.5kg, 8th place), Tommy Kono (67.5kg, gold medal)

Those were the glory days of U.S. lifting in the world.

Each athlete on the photo definitely deserves his own page of pride and honor in the history book of U.S. and international Olympic weightlifting.

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World Record by Vladimir Marchuk


One of the frequently asked questions about Olympic weightlifting sound like who was the first to lift 200kg.

Or 210kg. Or 220kg. How about 230kg?

240? 250? 260?

Most don’t ask about 270kg. So far nobody cleaned-and-jerked 270kg in the official competitions.

Then, how about 260kg? Our History in Color photo covers the historical moment when Vladimir Marchuk of Burevestnik club in Moscow set the new world record (260kg) in clean-and-jerk at the 1982 USSR Cup on December 19, 1982 in Moscow.

It was Marchuk’s third attempt and it brought him the world record, gold medal of the USSR championship (clean-and-jerk) and the overall win of the 1982 USSR Cup in the super heavyweight.

We already wrote about Marchuk’s phenomenal squats and huge break-in to the elite Olympic weightlifting literally within 1,5-2 years.

Prior to 1979, only a few local experts knew about Vladimir Marchuk. In 1979, he won the bronze in the super heavyweight with 397.5kg in total at the USSR Spartakiade in Leningrad.

A year later, Marchuk won the 1980 USSR Championship with a 427.5kg in total.

Finally, he won the 1982 USSR Cup with 450kg!

Impressive total of 450kg (190+260) was the official personal best of Vladimir Marchuk, one the most memorable world super heavyweight of the late 1970s – early 1980s.