July 1st, 2018

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Nikolay Kostylev


History in Color:

October 14, 1955, Munich, Germany – 24-year old Nikolay Kostylev wins the 67.5kg  class with a new world record in total (112.5+125+145= 382.5kg)at the 1955 World Championships in Munich.

Nikolay Kostylev (1931-1993) was a World (1955) and 2x European (1955, 1956) champion.

Kostylev also competed in one of the famous 1955 USA vs. USSR weightlifting matches. He won his micro match against Joe Pitman on June 15, 1955 in Moscow.

Nikolay Kostylev set 8 world records in his career – 7 in snatch and 1 in total (shown on the photo)

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Always Ready For the Challenge

MSG 1955

History in Color:

December 1955, NYC, NY – Athletes of Team USA Weightlifting performs their readiness for upcoming Olympics in Melbourne in front of thousands of spectators at the famous Madison Square Garden arena in New York.

Tommy Kono is demonstrating the Olympic lifting in the center of the competition platform and brothers Pete and Jim George are spotting him in the background.



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Olympic Press by Jaakko Kailajarvi (Finland)


History in Color presents an Olympic press lifting by Jaakko Kailajarvi (Finland), one of the most exciting world class athletes to watch in the competitions in the 1960s and 1970s.

Jaakko Kailajarvi (b. 1941) was one of the brightest weightlifting stars of Finland in the 1960s and early 1970s.

At 21, he authored two world records in the snatch lift.

Most definitely, Jaakko Kailajarvi belonged to the group of athletes that were energizing the crowd with fun and excitement when they were on the competition platform.

Jaakko Kailajarvi represented his country at three Summer Olympics – in Tokyo (1964), Munich (1972) and Montreal (1976).