December 18th, 2017

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The Last Tournament With Yury Vlasov

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History in Color:

Moscow, USSR, April 15, 1967 -Yury Vlasov presses 199kg (world record) at the 9th Summer Spartakiade of Moscow.


This was the last world record set by the legendary super heavyweight and the last tournament that he competed in. It happened 2.5 years after the dramatic loss of Yury Vlasov to Leonid Zhanotinsky at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.


After this event, the strongest man on the planet Earth of the late 1950s and early 1960s, Olympic champion, 4x World champion, 6x European champion and author of 31 world records, Yury Vlasov retired from Olympic weightlifting competitions.


This was the end of the era – the era of Vlasov.

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World Record By Dzhamal Panakhov

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Dzhamal Panakhov in the History in Color


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A few days ago, we received a nice message sent to us by one of the best Soviet sub heavyweights (100kg weight class) Dzhamal Panakhov:


Thanks for remembering, Arthur! In the 100 kg weightclass, there were 10-15 great athletes in the Soviet Union that could have had won medals at the World championships. Thanks again for not forgetting. It’s very nice and my greetings and best wishes to all athletes of the “old guard” of Olympic weightlifting.

Dzhamal Panakhov, Kokchetav, Kazakhstan.


On our side, I would say that I will never forget and won’t let others to forget the legends of Olympic weightlifting of the past. This is the promise I gave when started the Lift Up project almost 20 years ago. This is a promise I gave when started the History in Color series.


On the cover photo, Dzhamal Panakhov is setting a world record in the clean-and-jerk on on November 16, 1977 in Simferopol, USSR. He finished the tournament with the 380kg total (160+220).


Dzhamal is listed in the top 500 athletes of all times and nations. On many occasions, he was on the annual Top 10 listings in the 1970s. He competed for the club of Dynamo, Kokchetav in Kazakhstan.


After retiring from active lifting, Dzhamal Panakhov worked as a coach in his Dynamo Kokchetav club and prepared many Olympic medalists and national and international level weightlifters. He is still consulting the club and shares the champion’s wisdom with the new generations of athletes.

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Gewichtheben Means Weightlifting In German

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History in Color:

David Rigert, his coach Rudolph Plukfelder, both of Team CCCP, and Rolf Milser of West Germany are smiling for the group shot after the end of the 90kg competition at the 1978 European championship in Havirov, Czechoslovakia.


All three are Olympic champions and all three are German.


David Rigert (b. 1947) won the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. Rudolph Pluckfelder (b. 1927) became an Olympic champion in Tokyo in 1964. Both were ethnic Germans from the Soviet Union.


As for Rolf Milser (b. 1951), he won the Olympic title for Germany in Los Angeles in 1984.


I suppose they didn’t really need an interpreter during the photo session.


Gewichtheben means weightlifting in German.




1978  European Championship
Location: Havirov ,  CZS
Weight Class: Middle Heavyweight  [90 kg]</p>

More Info On the 1978 European Championship

Rank Athlete Results (kg)
1 David RIGERT,  Soviet Union 180 + 217.5 = 397.5
2 Rolf MILSER,  West Germany 160 + 215 = 375
3 Andon NIKOLOV,  Bulgaria 167.5 + 185 = 352.5


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