January 27th, 2019

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Välkommen till Stockholm, herr Yury Vlasov!


History in Color:


Welcome to Stockholm, Mr. Yury Vlasov! Välkommen till Stockholm, herr Yury Vlasov!


Back in the 1950s and 1960s, Stockholm, the capital city of Sweden, was almost an unofficial capital of the world of Olympic weightlifting.


Stockholm was a host city of the World and European Championships in 1953, 1958 and 1963.


21 world records were set in Stockholm. The cover photo features Yury Vlasov of Team USSR, the strongest man in the world at the time and Olympic champion of Rome (1960) and Swedish weightlifting officials having a good time off the competition platform. Vlasov set 3 world records in Stockolm throughout his career.


Here is the list of all authors of world records set in Stockholm:



  • Tommy Kono (USA) – 4

  • Yury Vlasov  (USSR) – 3

  • Isaac Berger (USA), Gyozo Veres (Hungary) – 2

  • Viktor Bushuev (USSR), Peter George (USA), Norbert Schemansky (USA), Marian Zielinski (Poland), Leonid Zhabotinsky (USSR), Hans Bettembourg (Sweden), Douglas Hepburn (Canada), Dave Ashman (USA), Bo Johansson (Sweden), Arkady Vorobyev (USSR) – 1.