June 15th, 2018

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Petr Pavlasek (Czechoslovakia)

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History in Color:

September 23, 1969, Warsaw, Poland – 22-year old super heavyweight Petr Pavlasek of Ceske Budejovice, Czechoslvakia competes at the 1969 World Championships in Warsaw.


At the 147kg bodyweight, young Pavlasek took the 7th place at the tournament.


Petr Pavlasek (b. 1947) is a 2x Olympian. He participated in the Summer Olympics in 1972 and 1976.


His best performance in the top international tournaments was the 4th place – at the World Championships in 1974 and at the European Championships in 1973 and 1974.


Petr Pavlasek is a member of Club 500. His personal best in the total of 3 lifts was 557.5kg at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich on September 6, 1972.


He won the national title of  Czechoslovakia 5 times (1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1976).


 


 

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Golden Age of American Weightlifting: Secrets in a Nutshell

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The History in Color cover photo brings back a “look in color” on the Golden Age of American Olympic Weightlifting.


This is a photo of legendary Norbert “Norb” Schemansky taken during the 1952 Summer Olympics.


In Helsinki, Schemansky won the gold in the 90kg class and set world records in the snatch, clean-and-jerk and total. It was a brilliant performance by Norbert.


The cover photo is obviously a staged photo session. In many ways, it reveals the secret behind the successes of American weightlifters of the Golden Age era.


It’s very simple actually – honor, dedication, superb mental preparation and, yes… the York Barbell.


Of course, there is more in there. But, this is just in a nutshell.


 

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Klas -Ove Johansson (Sweden)

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History in Color presents a photo of one of the most impressive Swedish Olympic weightlifters of the late 1960s – 1970s Folke Klas-Ove Johansson.


Ove Johansson (b.1943) competed in the super heavyweight for his native Sweden.


Johansson represented his country at two Summer Olympics – in 1968 and 1972. At his last Olympics in Munich, his bodyweight was 127.95kg and he took the 9th place.


Ove Johansson is one four Swedish members of Club 500 with his best total of 3 lifts as 552.kg (1972, rank # 37)


37 Johansson, Klas-Ove 552.5 1943 SWE 129 203 150 200 1972
58 Johansson, Bo Valdemar 542.5 1945 SWE 90 183 155 206.5 Sundyberg, SWE 1971.11.14
97 Bettembourg, Hansjorg 527.5 1944 SWE 110 196 Öjebyn, SWE 1972.02.20
207 Bruch, Ricky 505 1946 SWE 130 175 140 190 URS 1970
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Ken Patera (USA)

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History in Color presents a “color view” of legendary Kenneth “Ken” Patera of Team USA Weightlifting.


Ken Patera (b. 1943) is a true legend of strength – not only in Olympic weightlifting but in the other sports disciplines – wrestling, stronhman, football… you name it. Bruce Wilhelm called Patera the “Titan of Strength”.


In terms of Olympic weightlifting, Ken Patera had a tremendous success in the U.S. Nationals. He won 4 consecutive titles in the super heavyweight from 1969 to 1972. His international career success included the gold medal at the 1971 Pan American Games in Cali and the silver medal at the 1971 World Championships in Lima.


Ken Patera is a U.S. Olympian. He competed for Team USA at the 1972 Summer Olympics where he pressed 212.5kg but bombed out in the snatch and didn’t qualify for placing at the tournament.


Ken Paters is a member of the Club 600. There are only 5 men in the world who were able to lift 600kg in three lifts (press, snatch and jerk) and Patera is one of them. In fact, he is the only living member of the Club 600.


He is ranked as #3 on the list with amazing 630kg total (228+175+229) that he reached on June 23, 1972 in San Francisco, CA, USA.


Speaking of the Clubs 500 and 600, here is the list of all U.S. weightlifters inducted into this prestigious Clubs of strength.


3 Patera, Ken 630 1943 USA 140 228 175 229 San Francisco, USA 1972.07.23
8 Dube, Joe 590 1944 USA 144 208 167.5 215 Detroit, USA 1971.06.13
17 Bednarski, Bob 577.5 1944 USA 123 207 154 220.5 York, USA 1968.06.09
23 Pickett, George E. 565 1936 USA 136 207 154.5 209.5 York, USA 1968.08.31
41 Gubner, Gary Jay 550 1942 USA 130? Philadelphia, USA 1966
61 Schemansky, Norb 540 1924 USA 120 181 162 201.5 Detroit, USA 1964.02.02
62 Cole, Jon 540? USA 110
75 Anderson, Paul 537.5 1932 USA 155? 192 157.5 191.5 Knoxville, USA 1960.10.
87 Deal, Gary 530 1940 USA 109 184 151.5 199.5 Culver City, USA 1970
100 Grippaldi, Phil 527.5 1946 USA 110 185 145 197.5 1972
109 Capsouras, Frank 525 1947 USA 110 173 150 202.5 Detroit, USA 1972.06.11
141 Henry, Sid 517.5 1935 USA 136.5 175 147.5 195 Stockholm, SWE 1963.09.13
145 Kemper, Bob 517.5 1947 USA 110 183 142.5 192.5 1971
150 Binney, Winston 517.5 1947 USA 110 193 140 185 Detroit, USA 1972.06.11
162 Ball, Alan Jerome 515 1943 USA 108.9 168 162.5 185 Munich, FRG 1972.09.04
163 Bradford, Jim 512.5 1928 USA 122.5 180 150 182.5 Rome, ITA 1960.09.10
170 Holbrook, Rick 512.5 1948 USA 110 163 155 195 Detroit, USA 1972.06.11
192 March, Bill 507.5 1937 USA 110 177 147 188 Chicago, USA 1969.06.15
227 Ashman, Dave 500 1934 USA 121 150 150 201.5 Tucson, USA 1960.05.14
268 Rouff, Tom 500 USA 110 180 137.5 182.5 Detroit, USA 1972.06.11
269 Murry, Joe Jr. 500 USA 110 1972

 

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World Record by David Rigert

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History in Color:

January 25, 1975, Christchurch, New Zealand – Weightlifting legends David Rigert is getting ready to go for a world record in the snatch lift at the 1975 New Zealand Games.


This is a historical moment – for the first time ever, the light heavyweight athlete is about to snatch his double weight. And David Rigert did it!


The photo was taken by Robert Kabbas, outstanding Australian weightlifter and outstanding storyteller. So, I’ve asked him to comment on the photo.


Here goes the story by Robert


The Commonwealth Games in Christchurch 1974 were so popular that they decided to hold a “New Zealand Games” the following year and invited international athletes. In weightlifting, they contested only four categories – 67.5kg, 75kg, 90kg and Superheavy.  Kurentsov, Rigert and Alexeev were invited.


I think Kurentsov had retired but surprisingly Rigert and Alexeev accepted. Maybe they wanted to get away from the Russian winter. When they arrived, neither one was in great shape. They had taken some time off training and Rigert had lost a lot of weight, he was weighing around 84kg. He decided he wanted to try world records at 82.5kg (he was competing at 90kg since 1971) and the organizers added an 82.5kg category just for him.


He came down to under 82.5kg and started on 165kg first attempt! Which he made to break Ryzhenkov’s record then twice missed 170kg.


In the clean & jerk, he started on 200kg to break the total record but he had nothing left in the tank. He pulled the weight in 3 times but couldn’t stand up. But of course, we and the crowd loved it.