History in Color:
Group shot of the Team USSR Weightlifting coaches and athletes in the birch forest in 1976 (left to right):
N/A (assistant massage therapist), R.Ikaev (coach of A.Yenaldiev), G.Baldin (massage therapist), I.Kudyukov (head coach), R. Plyukfelder (coach), N. Kolesnikov (60kg, Rostov, Russia), A.Voronin (56kg, Kemerovo, Russia)
N/A, V.Avzhyan (82.5kg, Arkhangelsk, Russia), K.Osmonaliev (52kg, Frunze, Kirgizia), V.Polonsky (52kg, Moscow, Russia), Yu. Vardanyav (75kg, Leninakan, Armenia), S.Poltoratsky (90kg, Kiev, Ukraine), Lobodaev (team doctor)
G.Borovikov (coach of A.Voronin), S.Pevzner (67.5kg, Rostov, Russia), A.Saydullaev (90kg, Grozny, Russia), I.Nikitin (100kg, Khabarovk, Russia), G.Bessonov (82.5kg, Shakhty, Russia), A.Yenaldiev (110+kg, Ordzhonikidze, Russia), A.Kozlov (100kg, Kholmsk, Russia), V.Kuznichenko (110kg, Brovary, Ukraine), A.Serdyukov (110kg, Severodvinsk, Russia), V.Kurentsov (75kg, Khabarovk, Russia)
September 26, 1969, Warsaw, Poland – Olympic champion of Mexico City, Kaarlo Kangasniemi of Kullaa, Finland does it again – he becomes the king of the middle heavyweight class with a 515kg total (175+150+190) at the 1969 World Championships in Warsaw.
Oh, yes – it was a time when the King of Middle Heavyweight did speak Finnish!