December 25th, 2018

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U.S. Olympic Champions of Melbourne

History in Color:

Melbourne, Australia, November 1956 – American gold medal winners of the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne (left to right):

Bantamweight Chuck Vinci, light heavyweight Tommy Kono, featherweight Isaac Berger.

All three won their gold medals with Olympic and world records in total.

1956 Summer Olympics
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Weight Class Name Total (kg)
56 Bantamweight Charles VINCI, United States 105EOR+105OR+132.5 = 342.5WR
60 Featherweight Isaac BERGER, United States 107.5+107.5OR+137.5OR = 352.5WR
67.5 Lightweight Igor RYBAK, Soviet Union 110+120OR+150OR = 380OR
75 Middleweight Fedor BOGDANOVSKY, Soviet Union 132.5OR+122.5+165OR = 420WR
82.5 Light Heavyweight Tommy Tamio KONO, United States 140OR+132.5OR+175WR = 447.5WR
90 Middle Heavyweight Arkady VOROBYEV, Soviet Union 147.5WR+137.5+177.5OR = 462.5WR
90+ Super Heavyweight Paul ANDERSON, United States 167.5+145EOR+187.5OR = 500OR

Note: To view a complete list of the winners in the weight classes above,

please follow the link associated with the weight class.

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Weightlifting Team USSR In 1978

Previously, we’ve published photos of several versions of the 1978 Team USSR Weightlifting in our History in Color series.

Here is another group of national team candidates in 1978 (left to right):

Front row:

Sergey Pevzner (Russia, 67,5kg), Nikolay Kolesnikov (Russia, 60kg), Kanybek Osmonaliev (Kirgizia, 52kg),

Back row:

Igor Nikitin (Russia, 100kg), Yurik Vardanyan (Armenia, 82,5kg), Sergey Arakelov (Russia, 100kr ), Vartan Militosyan (Armenia, 75кг), Yury Zaytsev (Ukraine, 110 кg), Valery Kuznichenko (Ukraine, 110kg)