October 11th, 2018

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Big in Japan: Soviet Weightlifting Champs and a Japanese Officer in Tokyo (1964(


History in Color:

October 1964, Tokyo, Japan – Soviet weightlifters Leonid Zhabotinsky of Zaporozhye, Ukraine and Rudolf Plukfelder of Shakhty, Russia are enjoying a photo shoot with a JASDF Officer  in the Olympic village in Tokyo in 1964.


Both Zhabotinsky and  Plukfelder became Olympic champions at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.


Leonid Zhabotinsky won his gold medal in the 90+kg class with an Olympic record in total (572.5kg=187.5+167.5+217.5) and a world record in clean-and-jerk (217.5kg). Rudolf Plukfelder became an Olympic champion in the light heavyweight class with an Olympic record in total (475kg=150+142.5+182.5).


As for the Japanese officer, he got a memory photo and a fun conversation with two legendary Olympic weightlifters.

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Nail Mukhamedyarov (USSR)


History in Color:

Novemver 26, 1989, Moscow, Russia – Olympic vice champion Nail Mukhamedyarov of Uzbekistan competes in the middle heavyweight at the 1989 USSR Cup in Moscow.


Nail Mukhamedyarov (b. 1962) was one of the strongest Soviet middle heavyweights of the late 1980s. He competed for Team USSR at the 1988 Summer Olympics and won a silver medal in the 90kg class with a total of 400kg (177.5+222.5). He also won a silver medal at the 1990 World Championships in Budapest.


Nail Mukhamedyarov won a gold (1988) and 3 silver medals (1985, 1990, 1991) at the USSR Championships and became a vice champion at the 1991 USSR Spartakiade in Donetsk. He won the 1986 USSR Cup and won a gold USSR Championships medal in the clean-and-jerk in 1986.


His personal best results in total were:



  • 82.5kg class – 375kg (165+210, July 4, 1986, Lipetsk, Russia)

  • 90kg class – 402.5kg (182.5+220, July 2, 1988, Kharkov, Ukraine)

  • 100kg class – 410kg (180+230, September 8, 1990, Lipetsk, Russia)