July 22nd, 2018

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Julian Creus (Great Britain)


History in Color:

August 10, 1948, London, UK – British bantamweight Julian Creus competes for the medals in the 56kg weight class at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London.

It was a debut of the bantamweight at the Summer Olympics and Creus won a silver medal with the 297.5kg total He actually set a new world record with the 95kg lift in the snatch. However, he was overweight after the post record weigh-in procedure and it wasn’t qualified as an official records.

Julian Creus (1917-1992) was one of the finest British lifters of the 20th century. He represented his country at three Summer Olympics – 1948 (silver medal in the 56kg class), 1952 (9th place in the 60kg class) and 1956 (11th place in the 60kg class).

Creus won 2 bronze medals at the World Championships in 1950 and 1951 and 2 silver medals at the European Championships in 1950 and 1951.

In 1950, Julian Creus won a silver medal for England in the featherweight at the Commonwealth (Empire) Games in New Zealand.


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Team USA in Stockholm (1955)


History in Color:

October 10, 1955, Minich, Germany – Team USA Weightlifting gathered for a group shot after the end of the 1955 World Championships in Munich (left to right):

Bob Hoffman (coach, manager), Clyde Emrich (90kg, silver medal), Jim Bradford (90+kg, silver medal), Charles Vinci (56kg, silver medal), Pete George (75kg, gold medal), Paul Anderson (90+kg, gold medal), Tommy Kono (82.5kg, gold medal), Jim George (82.5kg, bronze medal), Clarence Johnson, John Terpak (manager).


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Rumen Teodosiev (Bulgaria)


History in Color:

August 28, 1983, Moscow, Russia – 21-year old light heavyweight Rumen Teodosiev of Burgas, Bulgaria competes in the 82.5kg class at the 1983 USSR Championships in Moscow, Russia.

Rumen Teodosiev (b. 1962) was one of the most talented athletes of his generation in Bulgaria. He competed in the light and middle heavyweight classes in the prime of his career.

At the European Championships, Teodosiev won 2 silver (1985, 1987) and 2 bronze medals (1986, 1988). He also won the 1983 World Cup in Bulgaria and took the 2nd place at the 1983 USSR Championships (shown on the cover photo) where he totaled the best result of 380kg but lost to Anatoly Khrapaty because he was slightly heavier on his body weight.

In the internal competitions, Teodosiev is a 4x champion of Bulgaria (1986, 1990, 1993, 1994).

Personal best of Rumen Teodosiev were very impressive totals:

  • 82.5kg:

    380kg (167.5+212.5, 2/27/1982, Varna) and

  • 90kg:

    410kg (180+230, 5/7/1987, Reims)



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The Last Chance of Rudolf Plukfelder


History in Color:

October 15, 1964, Tokyo, Japan – 37-year old light heavyweight Rudolf Plukfelder of Team USSR competes in the press lifting in the 82.5kg class at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

It was the last chance for Plukfelder to win the Olympics. He was selected to compete for the Soviet national team at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. He was considered a shoe in to win the gold but got injured while training already in Rome. Some teammates questioned the seriousness of the injury and accused Plukfelder in being too soft and not mentally tough enough under the pressure. One of the biggest supporters of this theory, Arkady Vorobyev was a teammate of Plukfelder in Rome and the head coach of Team USSR in Tokyo.

In the end of that night in Tokyo, Rudolf Plukfelder won the Olympic gold with  the 475kg (150+142.5 + 182.5) total.