September 6th, 2018

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Happy Birthday to Legendary Rudolf Plukfelder!


Happy Birthday to Legendary Rudolf Plukfelder!


According to most resources he was born on September 6, 1928. According to people close to him, he was actually born in 1927. His papers were lost during the war and the officials made a mistake when they gave him the new papers…


So, the birthday card in the article was created last year… and this year Rudolf V. Plukfelder actually turns 91.

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Jim Bradford (USA)


History in Color:

March11, 1961, Moscow, Russia – Heavyweight James Bradford of Team USA competes in the 110+kg class at the 1961 Prize of Moscow international tournament in Moscow.


Jim Bradford (1928-2013) was one of the strongest U.S. and world heavyweights in the 1950s.


He was a 2x U.S. Olympians and became 2x Olympic vice champion at the Summer Olympics in Helsinki (1952) and in Rome (1960).


Jim Bradford was a 4x World vice champion (1951, 1954, 1955, 1959). He also represented Team USA in the 90+kg class at the 1958 United States vs. the Soviet Union weightlifting series .


On the national level, Bradford won the AAU heavyweight titles in 1960 and 1961.


Jim Bradford was ranked as No. 163 in the All Time Club 500 list of the best weightlifters in the world that competed during the Olympic press era. His best total was 512.5kg (180+150+182.5) in Rome on September 10, 1960.

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Sergey Poltoratsky (USSR) at the 1970 Friendship Cup


History in Color:

March 17, 1970, Minsk, Belarus – 23-year old mid heavyweight star of Team USSR, Sergey Poltoratsky performs a snatch lifting in the 90kg class at the 1970 Friendship Cup in Minsk.


At the time, Poltoratsky was only 23. In Vilnus, he won the silver medal in the 90 kg class with the 507.5kg total (177.5+145+185). It was his first medal on the national level.


At the time, Team USSR had a mighty group of weightlifters in this class and Sergey Poltoratsky (b. 1947) was definitely one of the best of them.


It was a challenge to get a spot on the team to represent the country on the international arena. Poltoratsky managed to win the World and European title in 1977 and set two world records – in the press and in the cj lifts.