December 7th, 2018

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Ricardo Villalobos (Cuba): Moscow, 1978


History in Color:

March 16, 1978, Moscow, Russia – Ricardo Villalobos, lightweight of Team Cuba, performs a clean-and-jerk lift in the 67.5kg class at the 1978 Friendship Cup in Moscow.

Mario Ricardo Villalobos (b. 1956) was a lightweight athlete who represented Cuba on numerous international level competitions. In 1979, he won the 1979 Pan American Games in Puerto Rico with 300kg (135+165) total. His personal best result was 302.5kg (137.5+165)  total in Budapest (August 1983).


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Albert Nasibulin (USSR): Donetsk, 1991

History in Color:

August 12, 1991, Donetsk, Ukraine – 22-year old bamtamweight Albert Nasibulin of the Dynamo Kharkov, Ukraine team competes in the 56kg weight class at the 1991 USSR Championships in Donetsk.

A year earlier, Albert Nasibulin (b. 1969) won the 1990 USSR title in the bantamweight class with a 270kg (120+150) total. The championship in Donetsk was the last USSR Championships. Albert took the 3rd place with 265kg (120+145) total.

On the elite international level, Albert Nasibulin went on to win a silver medal for the CIS team at the European Championships in Szekszard and a bronze medal for Ukraine at the European Championships in Sofia.

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Ciro Ibanez (Cuba): Going Heavy in Havana, 1984

History in Color:

Havana, Cuba, 1984 –10x Cuban national champion, middle heavyweight of Team Cuba, Ciro Ibanez competes in the 90kg weight class at the 1984 Manuel Suares tournament in Havana.

Ciro Ibanez (born in 1959) was one of the lead Cuban athletes in the 1980s. He mostly competed in the middle heavyweight class and won 10 national championships of Cuba.

On the international arena, he won the gold at the 1983 Pan American Games in Caracas, 2 Pan American Championships (1981, 1983) and 2 Cental American Championships. He represented national Team Cuba at the 1983 World Championships in Moscow (90kg, 5th place) and at 1986 World Championships in Sofia (100kg, 9th place) and at numerous top international tournaments of the 1980s. Unfortunately for Ciro, he wasn’t able to compete at the Olympics due to boycotts of Cuban government of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul.

His personal best was the total of 385kg (167.5 + 217.5) at the Manuel Suares in Havana (1984) shown on the cover photo.