June 30th, 2018

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Gudmundur Sigurdsson (Iceland)


History in Color:

Gudmundur Sigurdsson (b. 1948) is one of the finest athletes that represented Iceland on the international arena in Olympic weightlifing.

He was  a 2x Olympian of Iceland. Sigurdsson represented his country at the Summer Olympics in Munich (1972, 13th place) and Montreal (1976, 8th place). Both times he lifted in the mid heavyweight class.

Gudmundur Sigurdsson also competed 4x at the European Championships (1972, 1974, 1976 and 1980) and at the the World Championships in 1974 and 1979. He also won gold medals at 5 Nordic Games (1967, 1977, 1979, 1989, 1999).

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World Records in Tallinn


History in Color:

April 14, 1972, Tallinn, Estonia – Legendary Soviet heavyweight Jaan Talts of Tallinn, Estonia wins his 3rd gold medal at the 1972 USSR Championships in Tallinn.

Jaan Talts’ final total was 587.5kg (207.5+160+220) and he set 3 world records that night – press 207.5kg, cj 220kg and total 587.5kg.

Pavel Pervushin of Leningrad, Russia and Vladimir Golovanov of Khabarovsk, Russia won silver and bronze medals accordingly.

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Kanybek Osmonaliev


History in Color:

May 12, 1980, Moscow, Russia – Olympic champion Kanybek Osmonaliev competes in the 52kg class for the Burevestnik Club of Frunze, Kirgizia at the 1980 USSR championship in Moscow.

Kanybek Osmonaliev (b. 1953) was a phenomenal flyweight of Team CCCP. From mid 1970s to mid 1980s, he won the 1980 Olympics, 4 World championships, 2 European Championships and 2 USSR Championships. Besides the medals and results, he was an outstanding athlete – hardworking in training, clutch lifter in the competition and exemplary character.

If you asked me at the time when I was an aspiring weightlifter, Kanybek Osmonaliev was on the very top of the list of my favorite Olympic weightlifters. That’s for sure – Kanybek Osmonaliev was a pure inspiration and #1 for me.