June 21st, 2018

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Stanczyk in Helsinki

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History in Color:

July 27, 1952, Helsinki, Finland – Light heavyweight Stan Stanczyk is competing in the snatch lift for Team USA at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki.


One of the best athletes of the York Barbell Club, Stanley Stanczyk (1925-1997) entered the competition platform as an Olympic champion of the 1948 Summer Olympics in London. In Helsinki, he won his second Olympic medal – the silver one for the 415kg in total.


In his career, Stanczyk set 7 world records, won 5 world titles and one gold medal at the Pan American Games in 1951.


Stanley Stanczyk was the first U.S. weightlifter to win the world championships in three weight classes (67.5kg, 75kg and 82.5kg)

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Amazing Valentin Khristov (Bulgaria)

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History in Color:


September 22, 1975, Moscow, Russia – 19-year old Bulgarian junior heavyweight Valentin Khristov competes with a happy smile at the 1975 World Championships in Moscow.


Valentin Khristov was simply amazing. He won the 110kg class with a magnificent total of 417.5kg (180+237.5) and set 4 world records that night:



  • Snatch      180kg

  • Clean and Jerk      237.5kg

  • Total (2)      410kg

  • Total (2)      417.5kg


That was the first World title won by amazing Bulgarian junior!

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Valery Ustyuzhin

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History in Color:


Valery Ustyuzhin (1945-2001) was a very strong heavyweight athlete of the 1970s.


Ustyuzhin competed for the Dynamo Club of Rovno, Ukraine.


His forte was his clean-and-jerk lift. In 1973, 28-year old Valery Ustyuzhin cj’s 210kg and became the USSR champion in the clean-and-jerk.


A year later, in 1974, Ustyzhin won the USSR championship in Tbilisi. His total was 382.5kg (160+222.5) and he was selected to compete with the national Team CCCP Weightlifting.


The year of 1974 was a great year in his career. Ustyuzhin won a gold medal at the 1974 European Championships in Verona and at the 1974 World Championships in Manila. He won these titles over such weightlifting grandmasters as Valentin Khristov, Jurgen Ciezki, Yury Zaitsev…


Valery Ustyuzhin set two world records in his career – both in the clean-and-jerk lifting.

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Best Heavy Middleweights in 1972

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History in Color:


September 3, 1972, Munich, Germany – The medal ceremony is about to begin for the winners in the 90kg class at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich (left to right):


Atanas Shopov (Bulgaria, silver medal), Andon Nikolov (Bulgaria, gold medal), Hans Bettembourg (Sweden, bronze medal)




1972 Summer Olympics
Location: Munich, FRG
Weight Class: Middle Heavyweight  [90 kg]</p>

More Info On 1972 Summer Olympics

Rank Athlete Results (kg)
1 Andon NIKOLOV, Bulgaria 180 + 155+ 190 = 525OR
2 Atanas SHOPOV, Bulgaria 180 + 145+ 192.5 = 517.5
3 Hans BETTEMBOURG, Sweden 182.5 + 145+ 185 = 512.5
4 Philip GRIPPALDI, United States 170 + 140+ 195 = 505
5 Patrick HOLBROOK , United States 162.5 + 145+ 197.5 = 505
6 Nicolo CIANCIO , Australia 170 + 145+ 190 = 505
7 Juan CURBELO MOLINA, Cuba 172.5 + 140+ 182.5 = 495
8 Jaakko KAILAJARVI, Finland 150 + 150+ 187.5 = 487.5
9 Dietrich LEH, West Germany 170 + 140+ 177.5 = 487.5
10 Pierre GOURRIER, France 145 + 147.5+ 180 = 472.5
11 Panagiotis DRAKOPOULOS, Greece 155 + 130+ 180 = 470
12 Aimo Antero NIEMINEN, Finland 150 + 140+ 170 = 460
13 Gudmundur SIGURDSSON, Iceland 142.5 + 135+ 177.5 = 455
14 Litsch RUDOLF, Austria 147.5 + 130+ 172.5 = 455
15 Peter ARTHUR , Great Britain 150 + 130+ 175 = 455
15 Osman MERT, Turkey 160 + 127.5+ 167.5 = 455
17 Wayne WILSON , Canada 137.5 + 127.5+ 170 = 435
18 Cesar A. GAUDIN, Puerto Rico 137.5 + 122.5+ 165 = 425
John BOLTON , New Zealand 0+ 0 = 0
David RIGERT, Soviet Union 187.5 + 0+ 0 = 0
Rudolf HILL, Austria 0+ 0 = 0
Ryoichi GOTO, Japan 0+ 0 = 0
Francis ROTHWELL, Ireland 0+ 0 = 0