January 19th, 2019

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Jan Wojnowski (Poland)


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Jan Wojnowski (1946-1990) was a 2x Olympian of Team Poland.


He represented Poland in the featherweight at Summer Olympics in Mexico City (1968) and Munich (1972). He took the 4th place in 1968 with a 382.5kg (117.5+115+150) total and didn’t qualify in the clean-and-jerk in 1972.


Wojnowski was a bronze medalist of the 1973 World Championships in Havana. He became a European champion in 1971 (Sofia)) and a vice champion in 1970 (Columbus).

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Viktor Bushuev (USSR): 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome


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September 8, 1960, Rome, Italy – Soviet lightweight Viktor Bushuev of Gorky (Nizhny Novgorod), Russia wins the gold in the 67.5kg class with  the 397.5kg world record total at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome.


Viktor Bushuev (1932-2003) earned the position of a lightweight lead of the Team CCCP Weightlifting in the second half of the 1950s.


Bushuev competed in the 67.5kg category for the Trud Club of Gorky, Russia. Besides Bushuev, there were several distinguished athletes in the USSR in the 67.5 kg class including Nikolay Kostylev, Ravil Khabudtinov, Mustafa Yagly-Ogly, Sergey Lopatin and more. At the USSR Championships, Bushuev consistently was in the national Top 3 for 8 years – from 1957 to 1964. He won 2 golds (1958, 1960), 3 silvers (1957, 1962, 1963) and 3 bronze medals (1959, 1961, 1964).


Bushuev won major world tournaments of the late 1950s – he  won 3 consecutive World titles (1957-1959), 2 European titles (1958, 1958) and, of course, the Olympic Games gold medal in Rome in 1960. He also won for the Team CCCP at various notable international tournaments – the Prizes of Moscow and at the 1958 USA vs. USSR weightlifting matches in Chicago, Detroit and NYC.


In his career, Viktor Bushuev set 3 world records. All three were in the total and the last one was set during his outstanding victory in Rome in 1960.

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Arnold Khalfin (USSR)


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Arnold Khalfin (born in 1929) was one of the best Soviet bantam and flyweights of the late 1950s and early 1960s.


He competed mostly for the Spartak club of Lvov, Ukraine and won the USSR title in 1961. He also won 2 silver (1962, 1964) and 2 bronze medals (1957, 1963) at the USSR Championships.


Arnold Khalfin is a man of many talents. He was a great athlete and coach, a champion weightlifter and an impressive bodybuilder, a talented author and a brilliant artist.

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Norbert Schemansky (USA): Back in Detroit in 1966


This time the History in Color series brings us to the old weightlifting gym in Detroit, Michigan.


It is August 1966 now and it is a home place for Norbert Schemansky, a living legend of Olympic weightlifting.


He is now 42 and still competing nationally.


He is known as Mr. Weightlifting. Fellow lifters call him Norb.


He is a 4-times Olympian for Team USA.


He won the gold at the Summer Olympics in Helsinki in 1952. He brought home the silver from London in 1948.


He saw it all.


He could have competed at the Olympics in Melbourne in 1956 but he injured his back and everybody thought it was over for for a good old Norb.


But he came back to win two bronze medals in Rome in 1960 and, two years ago, in Tokyo in 1964.


He is the men for those who want to be a part of the Iron Game.


It is August 1966 in Detroit, Michigan.