June 20th, 2018

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Andras Stark (Hungary)


History in Color presents one of the most impressive European and Hungarian weightlifters of the 1970s Andras Stark.

Andras Stark (b. 1949) competed in the middleweight and represented Hungary at the Summer Olympics 1972 and 1976. He took the 7th place in Munich and the 6th place in Montreal.

Stark had a distinguished performance at the top World and European tournaments of the 1970s. In 1973, he won a bronze medal in the 75kg weight class in Havana with the 312.5kg (135+177.5) total. In 1978, he won a bronze medal in the middleweight in Havirov, Czechoslovakia with the 330kg (150+180) total.


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Hungarian Milestone Weightlifter


History in Color featured Gyozo Veres (1936-2011) of Hungary on several occasions.

However, it’s never enough to enjoy the moments with one of the greatest Olympic weightlifters in the history of this sport.

Gyozo Veres was a milestone athlete for Hungarian weightlifting. He was the first Hungarian World champion in Olympic weightlifting (1962) and the first Olympic medalist (1960).

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35 Years Ago in Moscow


October 31, 1983, Moscow, Russia – 25-year old super heavyweight Anatoly Pisarenko of Team CCCP Weightlifting wins the world and European titles in the 110+kg class with the 450kg (205+245) total at the World and European Championships at the Izmaylovo Arena in Moscow.

It was almost 35 years ago and Anatoly Pisarenko remains one of the most fascinating and memorable super heavyweights ever.

World Championships1983 World Championship
Location: Moscow, SOV
Weight Class: Super Heavyweight  [110+ kg]</p>

More Info On 1983 World Championship

Rank Athlete Results (kg)
1 Anatoly PISARENKO,  Soviet Union 205+245 = 450
2 Alexander KURLOVICH,  Soviet Union 205+245 = 450
3 Antonio KRASTEV,  Bulgaria 190+237.5 = 427.5

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Alexander Varbanov (Bulgaria)


History in Color:

Alexander Varbanov (b. 1964) was perhaps one of the strongest ever middleweights of all times. His personal best was the total of 382.5kg (167.5+215, bodyweight 74.6kg) that reached on February 29, 1988 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

Varbanov won a bronze medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics. He was a 3x World Champion (1983, 1985, 1986), 4x European Champion (1983, 1985, 1986, 1987), 4x Bulgarian champion (1982, 1983, 1984, 1985).

Those are the awards and numbers. The rest is on the cover photo!