January 10th, 2018

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Antonio Krastev Of Bulgaria Wins the World Title


History in Color:

Antonio Krastev of Haskovo, Bulgaria for the first time in his career becomes a World Champion at the 1985 World championships in Sodertelje, Sweden.

Krastev won the tournament with the 437.5kg total. He snatched 202.5kg and jerked 235kg and won the title Sweden competing against Alexander Gunyashev of the Soviet Union and Manfred Nerlinger of West Germany.

Krastev won gold medals in the super heavyweight twice – in 1985 and 1986. He won silver in 1982 and bronze in 1983 and 1987. He also was  a 5x champion of his native Bulgaria (1982-1984, 1986-1987).

Antonio Krastev (born in 1961) was famous for his outstanding snatch lifting. In his career, he set 5 world records and 4 of them were snatches including his phenomenal 216 snatch that stayed as a world record  from 1987 to 2017 until Lasha Talakhadze of Georgia snatched 217kg in Split.

1985 World Championship
Location: Sodertelje, SWE
Weight Class: Super Heavyweight  [110+ kg]</p>

More Info On 1985 World Championship

Rank Athlete Results (kg)
1 Antonio KRASTEV,  Bulgaria 202.5+235 = 437.5
2 Alexander GUNYASHEV,  Soviet Union 195+237.5 = 432.5
3 Manfred NERLINGER,  West Germany 185+237.5 = 422.5


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First Attempt. No Lift.


History in Color:

32-year old David Rigert of Shakhty, Russia fails to clean-and-jerk the weight in the 1st attempt at the 1979 USSR Cup in Frunze, Kirgizia.

In the end of the day,  Rigert won all top medals in the 100kg class of the tournament. He won the 1979 USSR Cup with the 377.5kg total and gold medals of the national championship in snatch (177.5kg) and clean-and-jerk (220kg).

This was the last set of of gold medals won by David at the top national competitions.