September 15th, 2018

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Waldemar Baszanowski (Poland): Magician of the Split Style Techniques


The History in Color series features a color version of the famous split snatch lifting by legendary Polish lightweight Waldemar Baszanowski.


Waldemar Baszanowski was one of the greatest weightlifters of all time and nations. His greatness could be attributed to all the awards and medals that he won throughout his remarkable career as well as to his brilliant weightlifting techniques.


At the beginning of his career, Baszanowski used split style for both snatch and clean lifts. Beginning from 1964, Baszanowski swiched to squat style in the snatch and continued to perform split style clean in the competitions.


The footage below shows Waldemar Baszanowski cpmpleting a split style snatch at the 1962 World Championships in Budapest.




 

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Nick Ciancio (Australia)


History in Color:

September 3, 1972, Munich, Germany – 25-year old middle heavyweight of Team Australia, Nick Ciancio competes in the press program in the 90kg class at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich.


Nick Ciancio (b. 1947) finished the tournament with the 4th result in total (505kg=170+145+190) and, by bodyweight, took the 6th place in middle heavyweight.


2x Champion of the Commonwealth Games (1970, 1974), Nick Ciancio was of two athletes that represented Australia in the 500kg Club. The other fellow Australian was super heavyweight champ Ray Rigby.

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Vaclav Becvar (Czechoslovakia)


History in Color:

September 27, 1947, Philadelphia, USA – 39-year old heavyweight Vaclav Becvar of Czechoslovakia wins a bronze medal in the 82.5kg class at the 1947 Summer Olympics in Philadelphia.


Vaclav Becvar (1908 – xxxx) was a legendary Czech weightlifter who competed for his country before WW2 and for a decade afterwards. On the national level, he won first Czech title when he was 22 and the last one when he was 45.


Becvar was a 10x champion of Czechoslovakia (1930, 1931, 1934, 1936, 1945, 1949-1953). He competed for the country at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin and took the 11th place in the 82.5+kg class.


Vaclav Becvar was a European champion (1933) and a bronze medalist of the 1947 World Championships in Philadelphia (shown on the cover photo).


 

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Vartan Militosyan (USSR) in Montreal (1976)


History in Color:


July 22, 1976, Montreal, Canada – Soviet middleweight Vartan Militosyan of Leninakan (Gyumri) Armenia competes in the clean-and-jerk program on his way to the silver medal in the 75kg class at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Canada.




1976 Summer Olympics
Location: Montreal, CAN
Weight Class: Middleweight  [75 kg]More Info On 1976 Summer Olympics
Rank Athlete Results (kg)
1 Yordan MITKOV, Bulgaria 145OR+ 190OR = 335OR
2 Vartan MILITOSYAN, Soviet Union 145OR+ 185 = 330
3 Peter WENZEL, East Germany 145OR+ 182.5 = 327.5
4 Wolfgang HUBNER, East Germany 142.5+ 177.5 = 320
5 Arvo ALA-PONTIO, Finland 137.5+ 177.5 = 315
6 Andras STARK, Hungary 140+ 175 = 315
7 Ondrej HEKEL , Czechoslovakia 140+ 172.5 = 312.5
8 Daniel ZAYAS , Cuba 140+ 170 = 310
9 Norbert BERGMANN, West Germany 132.5+ 177.5 = 310
10 Klaus GROH, West Germany 137.5+ 170 = 307.5
11 Frederick LOWE, United States 135+ 170 = 305
12 Robert KABBAS, Australia 127.5+ 170 = 297.5
13 Mehdi Attar ASHRATI, Iran 130+ 165 = 295
14 Ludvik WAGNER, France 130+ 155 = 285
15 Mohammad  MALIK ARSHAD, Pakistan 122.5+ 160 = 282.5
900 Janos KOMJATI, Hungary 135+ 0 = 0
966 Dragomir CIOROSLAN, Romania 142.5+ 177.5 = 320


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