June 16th, 2018

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Starry Night of Asen Zlatev in Moscow

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History in Color:

July 24, 1980, Moscow, Russia – 20-year old Asen Zlatev of Bulgaria wins a gold Olympic medal in the 75kg weight class at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.


Asen Zlatev (b. 1960) showed an absolutely brilliant performance that night. He won the Olympic title with the 360kg total (160+200) and set world records in clean-and-jerk (205.5kg) and total (360kg).


It was the first win for Asen in the top international competitions. He went on to become one of the best athletes in the world in 1980s with 3 gold medals at the World Championships (1980, 1982, 1986), 5 golds at the European Championships (1980, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1987)10 world records and much more.

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And the Olympic Gold Medal Goes To... Ivan Udodov (USSR)

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History in Color:

July 12, 1952, Helsinki, Finland – Soviet bantamweight Ivan Udodov of Rostov, Russia receives a gold Olympic medal for winning the 56kg weight class at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki.


This is a truly historic moment for the Soviet Olympic weightlifting. Ivan Udodov (1924-1981) won the first ever Olympic medal in weightlifting for Team CCCP. Never to forget.




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Location: Helsinki, FIN
Weight Class: Bantamweight  [56 kg]</p>

More Info On 1952 Summer Olympics

Rank Athlete Results (kg)
1 Ivan UDODOV, Soviet Union 90 + 97.5OR+ 127.5OR = 315OR
2 Mahmoud NAMJOU, Iran 90 + 95+ 112.5 = 307.5
3 Ali MIRZAI, Iran 95 + 92.5+ 112.5 = 300
4 Hae-Nam KIM, South Korea 80 + 95+ 120 = 295
5 Kamal Mahgoub MAHMOUD, Egypt 75 + 95+ 122.5 = 292.5
6 Pedro LANDERO, Philippines 90 + 87.5+ 115 = 292.5
7 Maurice MEGENNIS, Great Britain 82.5 + 85+ 112.5 = 280
8 Lon Mohamed NOOR, Singapore 77.5 + 85+ 112.5 = 275
9 Rosaire SMITH, Canada 75 + 85+ 115 = 275
10 Karel SAITL, Czechoslovakia 80 + 80+ 112.5 = 272.5
11 Nils Uno JACOBSSON, Sweden 80 + 87.5+ 105 = 272.5
12 Marcel THEVENET , France 85 + 77.5+ 107.5 = 270
13 Arvo VEHKONEN , Finland 72.5 + 85+ 110 = 267.5
14 Josef SCHUSTER, Germany 90 + 75+ 102.5 = 267.5
15 Nicolas VIVAS ROSALY, Puerto Rico 75 + 87.5+ 102.5 = 265
16 Roland MAGNENAT, Switzerland 70 + 77.5+ 102.5 = 250
17 Augustyn DZIEDZIC, Poland 70 + 80+ 95 = 245
18 Alexandru COSMA, Romania 70+ 105 = 0
19 Isamu SHIRAISHI, Japan 80 + 0+ 0 = 0


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History in Color:


Vladimir Kaplunov (1933-2015) was one of the best lightweight Olympic lifters in the world in the first half of the 1960s.


Kaplunov won the World Championship in 1962, European Championship in 1964, USSR Championships in 1962, 1963, 1964 and the USSR Spartakiade in 1963. At the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, he won silver with the  432.5kg total (140+127.5+165) in the 67.5kg weight class.


He managed to set 11 world records in his career.

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Olympic Team USA 1948 In London

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History in Color:

U.S. Olympic Weightlifting Team, London, England 1948

(b/w original photo courtesy of Dr. Peter George, left to right):


Front row:

Stan Stanzyck, Joe DePietri, Richard Tom, Joe Pitman, Emerick Ishikawa, Richard Tomita;

Top row:

Dietrick Wortmann (Manager), Harold Sakata, Norbert Schemansky, John Terpak, John Davis, Pete George, Frank Spellman, Ray Van Cleef (trainer)

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Oleg Karayanidi

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History in Color:

July 26, 1979, Leningrad, Russia – Oleg Karayanidi competes for the Army Team of Moscow in the 56kg class at the 1979 USSR Spartakiade in Leningrad.


Oleg Karayanidi (1957-1989) was very promising young bantamweight. He won the 1980 European championship in Beograd. On the national level Karayanidi won 4 bronze medals at the USSR Champioships (1979, 1982, 1983, 1984) and won 2 USSR Cups (1977, 1983). In 1983, Karayanidi won a gold USSR medal in the snatch.