October 4th, 2018

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Team USSR 1975 In Feodosia


History in Color:


1975 Team USSR Weightlifting (Head coach Igor Kudyukov) in the training in Feodosia (left to right):


Front row:

Alexander Voronin (Kemerovo, 52kg), x, Nikolay Kolesnikov (Rostov, 60kg), Vladimir Anikin (Riga, 56kg), Rafael Belenkov (Minsk, 56kg), x;


Mid Row:

Vladimir Kaplunov (Khabarovsk, trener), Valentin Mihaylov (Voroshilovgrad, 75kg), Valery Shary (Minsk, 82.5kg), x (coach), Pavel Zubrilin (Minsk, coach), x, Igor Kudyukov (Moscow, Head Coach), Vladimir Nechipurenko (Dnepropetrovsk, coach), Yakov Raskin, Alexander Rykov (trener), Rudolf Plukfelder (Shakhty, coach);


Top row:

x, Sergey Poltoratsky (Kiev, 90kg), Valery Kuznichenko (Brovary, 110kg), Aslanbek Yenaldiev (Ordzhonikidze, 110+kg), Petr Korol (Lvov, 67.5kg), Yury Zaytsev (Temirtau, 110kg), Sergey Pevzner (Rostov, 67.5kg), Vasily Mozheykov (Alma Ata, 110kg), Gennady Bessonov (Shakhty, 82.5kg) , x , Mukharby Kirzhinov (Krasnodar, 67.5kg), x;

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Atanas Shopov (Bulgaria): Happy Birthday!


October 4, 2018 – one of the best middle heavyweights of the 1970s, Atanas Shopov of Bulgaria celebrates his 67th birthday!


Happy Birthday, Champ!


The History in Color series features Atanas Shopov competing for Team Bulgaria in 1972.


Atanas Shopov (b. 1951) was a member of the first Bulgarian teams assembled by legendary coach Ivan Abadzhiev. He represented his country at two Summer Olympics. While competing in the 90kg weight class, he won a silver medal in Munich (1972) and a bronze medal in Montreal (1976).


At the World championships he also had a silver (1972) and a bronze (1976) medals. Shopov won a silver (1972) and bronze medals (1971, 1973) at the European Championships. He was a champion of Bulgaria in 1970 and vice-champion in 1972, 1973 and 1975.


Atanas Shopov is one of 7 Bulgarian members of Club 500 with a 527.5kg  (177.5+147.5+202.5) reached at the 1972 European Championhips in Constanta, Romania, when Atanas was 20.

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Athletes and Coaches: Yurik Sarkisyan and Felix Aliev


The History in Color series features an athlete-and-coaches photo of legendary weightlifter Yurik Sarkisyan (USSR/Armenia/Australia) and his coach Felix Aliev.




Yurik Sarkisyan (b. 1961) had a long and distinguished career in Olympic weightlifting.


At 18, he won a silver medal for Team CCCP in the bantamweight at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. At 35, he took the 7th place for Australia in the bantamweight at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta!


At the USSR Championships, Yurik Sarkisyan won 3 gold (1983, 1984, 1987) and 2 silver (1982, 1986) medals. He also won the 1983 Spartakiade and 2 USSR Cups (1979, 1980).


While competing for the Soviet national team at the World Championships, Yurik won 2 gold (1982, 1983), 4 silver (1980, 1985, 1987, 1991) and 1 bronze (1981) medals. At the European championships, Yurik won 2 gold (1982, 1983) and 6 silver (1980, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1991) medals.


For Team Armenia, Yurik won a bronze World medal in the featherweight in 1993


For Team Australia, he won a gold (2002) and a silver (1998) medals at the Commonwealth Games.


Sarkisyan set 12 world records in his career – 1 in snatch, 7 in cj and 4 in total.