September 27th, 2018

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Mark Cameron: York, PA (1978)

History in Color:

June 11, 1978, York, PA, USA – 2x Olympian of Team USA,  one of the most promising and exciting American lifters of the 1970s, Mark Cameron completes a 210 kg clean-and-jerk in the 110kg class at the 1978 AAU Senior National Championships in York, PA.

Mark Cameron (b. 1952) was selected to represent USA at 2 Summer Olympics – in Montreal (1976) and in Moscow (1980).

Mark won 6 AAU Senior Nationals (1975-1980) and was thel ightest and youngest American to clean and jerk over 500 pounds.He held the national clean-and-jerk records in the heavyweight class from 1972 to 1992.

He won a silver (Mexico City, 1975) and a gold (San Juan, 1979) medals for the USA at the Pan American Games.

Mark Cameron’s personal best in the 110kg class was the total of 390kg (167.5 + 227.5) achieved on January 14, 1980 in Allentown, USA.




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Yury Vlasov: Farewell to Olympic Weightlifting

History in Color:

April 15, 1967, Moscow, USSR –  Olympic champion Yury Vlasov competes in his last tournament at the 9th Summer Spartakiade of Moscow.

At the tournament Vlasov pressed 199kg. This was the last world record set by the legendary super heavyweight and the last tournament that he competed in. It happened 2.5 years after the dramatic loss of Yury Vlasov to Leonid Zhanotinsky at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

After this event, the strongest man on the planet Earth of the late 1950s and early 1960s, Olympic champion, 4x World champion, 6x European champion and author of 31 world records, Yury Vlasov retired from Olympic weightlifting competitions.

This was the end of the era – the era of Vlasov.


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Valentin Mikhailov (USSR)

History in Color:

March 17, 1973, Tashkent, Uzbekistan – Soviet middleweight Valentin Mikhailov of Voroshilovgrad, Ukraine competes in the clean-and-jerk in the 75kg class at the 1973 Friendship Cup in Tashkent.

Valentin Mikhailov (b. 1941) competed in the middleweight for the Avangard club of Voroshilovgrad (Lugansk), Ukraine. On the national level, he won the USSR Championships in 1973 and 1975, the 1975 USSR Spartakiade and the USSR Cup in 1972. Mikhailov also won the USSR Championships in snatch (1973) and clean-and-jerk (1972). He was a 2x champion of Ukraine (1970, 1971).

He competed for Team USSR at the 1973 World Championships in Havana, Cuba and took the 4th place.

At the 1973 European Championships in Madrid, Mikhailov won a bronze medal behind two Bulgarian middleweight superstars Nedelcho Kolev (gold) and Yordan Bikov (silver).

Valentin Mikhailov is a World record holder (in total). He also set 11 records of Ukraine.

After retiring as an athlete, Valentin Mikhailov launched an impressive coaching career which included working with the national Team USSR.