May 17th, 2018

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History in Color:

World records holder, 3x USSR champion (1983, 1984, 1987), USSR Spartakiad champion (1983), 3x USSR Cup winner (1982, 1983, 1985), 3x clean-and-jerk USSR champion and 6x USSR snatch champion, lightweight Vladimir Grachev of Tver, Russia wins the 1984 USSR championship in Minsk, Belarus.

On his way to the national title in 1984, Grachev set a world record in snatch and national record in total.

More on Vladimir Grachev.


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Pioneers of Olympic Weightlifting


History in Color:

One of the rare group shots of the earliest Olympic weightlifting pioneers in the USSR (left to right):

Front row:

Alexander Miezitis (former wrestler and Latvian Olympian (1912), one of the key organizers of Olympic weightlifting in Latvia), Alexander Bukharov (also known as Uncle Sasha), Jan Sparre;

Back row:

Iogann Sipol (?), Ivan Suslov (?), Karl Freyberg (?)

Unfortunately, the exact location and time of the initial black-and-white shot is not known. The initial guess that photo was made somewhere around the 1st National Championship of the Soviet Republic in 1918.

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Legenary Rudolf Plukfelder: Now and Then


History in Color: R. Plyukfelder

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The History in Color cover photo features our color version of the black-and-white photo of legendary Olympic weightlifter and coach Rudolf Plukfelder back in 1959.

Rudolf Plukfelder is an Olympic champion (1964), 3x World Champion, 3x European Champion, 6x USSR Champion, 2x USSR Spartakiad Champion, author of 8 World records.

As a coach he prepared legendary Olympic champions and  founded a world famous training school in Shakhty, Russia.

Rudolf Plukfelder is 90 now and lives in lives in Germany. Recently, Dmitry Klokov visited Plyukfelder and interviewed him for his YouTube channel. The interview (in Russian, see full sub podcast below) is very interesting.

It’s truly amazing to see how active and strong Rudolf Plukfelder is at 90.

He talks about his experience as an athlete and coach, about his training methods, about training Olympic champions David Rigert, Nikolay Kolesnikov, Vasily Alexeev, about working with Arkady Vorobyev, Igor Kudykov  and more.

It’s absolutely fascinating to see how 90-year old Olympic champion of Tokyo (1964) does squats with 100kg 10 times (!!!), does push-ups and running routines.

VIDEO: НА РАВНЫХ LIFE с Дмитрием Клоковым / ПЛЮКФЕЛЬДЕР Рудольф Владимирович

Interview with Rudolf Plyukfelder