June 26th, 2018

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Austrian President, Bulgarian Champion and Miss Philippines


The title certainly ain’t a set-up for an anecdote line or something…

History in Color:

September 26, 1974, Manila, Philippines – Trendafil Stoychev of Team Bulgaria wins the 82.5kg weight class with 350kg total (155+195) at the 1974 World Championship in Manila.

Left to Right:

Gottfried Schödl (IWF President, Austria), Miss Philippines Guadalupe “Guada” Cuerva Sanchez, Trendafil Stoychev (82.5kg, gold medal)

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Mincho Pashov (Bulgaria)


History in Color:

Mincho Pashov (b. 1961) of Plovdiv, Bulgaria is an outstanding international athlete of the 1980s  produced by Ivan Abadzhiev and Team Bulgaria.

Pashov is a Bulgarian Olympian. He took a bronze medal with a 325kg total (142.5+ 182.5) in the lightweight class at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.

Mincho Pashov competed in the light and middleweight classes. He won 3 silver (1981, 1982, 1985) and one bronze (1980) at the World Championships and 2 silver medals at the European Championships (1981, 1983).

Despite being a very strong contender, Pashov never won a top gold medal on the international arena. He had a superb opponents’ list including phenomenal his teammate Yanko Rusev and Joachim Kunz when he pursued the win in the lightweight. And then in the middleweight he was facing, first, Yanko Rusev and then another fascinating athlete Alexander Varbanov.

Pashov set 3 world records in his career – all three in the clean-and-jerk in the 75kg class.

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Team CCCP Weightlifting (1981)


History in Color:

Team USSR Weightlifting (Head coach A.Prilepin, June 19 1981) in the training in Feodosia (left to right):

Front row:

G. Baldin (massage therapist), V. Mazin (60kg, Shakhtinsk, Kazakhstan), Viktor Sots (100kg, Donetsk, Ukraine), G.Bessonov (90kg, Shakhty, Russia), V. Polonsky (52kg, Moscow, Russia), N. Zakharov (56kg, Kemerovo, Russia), X1, A. Avsetov (67.5kg, Moscow, Russia), B. Ryzhik (52kg, Zaporozhie, Ukraine), S. Arakelov (100kg, Krasnodar, Russia);

Middle row:

A.Prilepin (Head coach), Yu.Chernyshev (), V.Kravchuk (110kg, Krivoy Rog, Ukraine), A.Pervy (82.5kg, Donetsk, Ukraine), K.Osmanaliev (52kg, Frunze, Kirgizia), V.Klokov (110kg, Malakhovska, Russia), X2;

Top row:

X3, X4, Yu.Nozdrin (team doctor), Alaev (coach), A.Pisarenko (110+kg, Kiev, Ukraine), P.Syrchin (100kg, Perm, Russia), X5, G.Pisarevsky (coach), X6, A.Rykov (coach), Lobachev (coach), L.Taranenko (110kg, Minsk, Belarus), S.Itkin (coach), X6, X7, Yu.Vardanyan (90kg, Leninakan, Armenia).

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The 1st World Champion For Poland


History in Color:

September 30, 1959, Warsaw, Poland – Featherweight Marian Zielinski of Poland wins the 60kg weight class at the 1959 World Championships in Warsaw.

Marian Zielinski (1929-2005) was one of the best weightlifters in the world in the 1960s. He was the first World champion from Poland (1959).

Zielinski competed at four Summer Olympics – in Helsinki 1956. Rome 1960, Tokyo 1964, Mexico City 1968. He won three bronze Olympic medals.

Zielinsky lifted in the feather and light weight classes and won two World titles (1959, 1963) , 3 European titles (1959, 1960, 1963) and set 3 world records (2 in snatch, 1 in cj lift) in his career.

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Dragomir Cioroslan (Romania)


October 26, 1983, Moscow, Russia – Romanian middleweight Dragomir Cioroslan competes at the 1983 World Championships in Moscow.

Dragomir Cioroslan (b. 1954) was a 3x Olympian of Team Romania. He represented his country in Montreal (1976), Moscow (1980) and Los Angeles (1984). In 1984, he lifted 332.5kg (147.5+185) and won a bronze Olympic medal in the 75kg class.

At the 1983 World Championships in Moscow shown on the cover History in Color photo Dragomir Cioroslan was the 3rd in the snatch program and the 4th overall.

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Teammates CCCP Weightlifting, 1970s


The black-and-white original of this History in Color photo went viral on the web with the whole bunch of other funny pictures that make people laugh. It didn’t have a description – just a comic view of three guys of different sizes sitting on the bench somewhere in Russia.

Actually, all three characters on the photo were team members of the Soviet national team in the mid to late 1970s (left to right):

 Alexander Voronin (Kemerovo, Russia), Victor Okorokov (Smolensk, Russia) and Nikolay Kolesnikov (Bugulma/Shakhty, Russia).

Flyweight Voronin (52KG) and Featherweight Kolesnikov (60KG) were Olympic champions of Montreal 1976. Super heavyweight Okorokov (110KG+) was a medalist of numerous national championships and won the USSR Cup in 1978.

It does look comical. And it’s also a good promo for the sport of Olympic weightlifting.

Size doesn’t matter. Everybody can be a champion. Whether you are a 100-pound flyweight or a 300-pound superheavy, you can win the titles and earn medals and merits.

Long live Olympic weightlifting!


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Karoly Ecser (Hungary)


History in Color:

Karoly Ecser (1931-2005) was the strongest Hungarian super heavyweight of the 1960s. He was a part of the famous “Magnificent Seven” team that propelled Hungary to one of the best weightlifting teams in the world at the time.

Ecser was a Hungarian Olympian. He took the fifth place at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo in 1964. The next year he won a bronze medal at the 1965 World Championships with the 522.5kg total.

Karoly Ecser won a gold medal at the 1965 European Championships, 2 silver European medals (1962, 1964) and a bronze European medal in 1961.

Karoly Ecser was the first Hungarian lifter to join the Club 500. His personal best was 522.5kg total reached on November 3, 1965 in Teheran.

111 Ecser, Karoly 522.5 1931 HUN 136.9 178 155 190 Tehran, IRN 1965.11.03