August 25th, 2018

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Rolf Maier (France)


The History in Color series presents a color version of the photo of Rolf Maier, one of all-time best French weightlifters and coaches in Olympic weightlifting.

Rolf Maier (b. 1936) belongs to the generation of French weightlifters that revolutionized this sport in terms of training methodology and systematic approach in training and technique for French lifters.

As an athlete, Maier won 13 national championships of France and set all national records in his weight class.

On the international arena, he was a 3x Olympian and competed for France in the 75kg class at the Summer Olympics in Rome (1960, 11th place), Tokyo (1964, 7th place) and Mexico City (1968, 9th place). He won a bronze medal at the 1965 Europen Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Rolf Maier was a slick split style technician in both snatch and cj and earned a reputation on a consistently progressing athlete in his performance at the competitions.

After retiring from being an athlete, Rolf Maier became an outstanding coach. One of the best experts on French weightlifting, Emmanuel Legeard wrote that “Rolf Maier was not only one of France’s greatest weightlifting champions, but one of the greatest coaches in the world.” He trained such brilliant French weightlifter as Daniel Senet, who became a vice champion of the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal and won a gold in the snatch program at the 1981 World Championships in Lille.

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Sergey Pevzner (USSR)


History in Color:

May 15, 1980, Moscow, Russia – 32-year old lightweight Sergey Pevzner of the Army club of Rostov, Russia competes for the national title in the 67.5kg class at the 1980 USSR Championships in Moscow.

Sergey Pervzner (b. 1948) was one of the strongest Soviet lightweights of the late 1970s.

He was a USSR champion (1976) and won the USSR Cup in 1975. Pevzner also won 3 silver (1975, 1978, 1979) and one bronze (1980) medals at the national championships and 2 silver medals at the USSR Spartakiade in 1975 and 1979.

Sergey Pevzner won a vice champion of the World title in Stuttgart (1977). His strongest lift was clean-and-jerk. He set two world records in his career and both we in the cj lift.

On the cover photo, Sergey just won a bronze medal at the 1980 USSR Championships and goes for the national cj record (181.5kg) in the 67.5kg in the 4th attempt.