February 9th, 2019

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The Last Champions of the USSR: 100kg Class

History in Color:

August 15, 1991, Donetsk, Ukraine – USSR national medalists in the 100kg class at the 1991 USSR Spartakiade and 1991 USSR Championships in Donetsk (left to right):

Nail Mukhamediarov (Uzbekistan, silver medal, 407.5kg), Timur Taymazov (Ukraine, gold medal, 417.5kg), Sergey Kopytov (Kazakhstan, bronze medal, 405kg)

It was the 10th USSR Spartakiade and the 66th USSR Championships – the last ones. After 1991, there was no USSR and no USSR championships. The end of the era.

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Gennady Chetin (USSR/Russia)

History in Color:

July 27, 1967, Moscow, Russia – 24-year old Soviet Army bantamweight Gennady Chetin of Perm, Russia is competing in the 56kg class at the 1967 USSR Spatakiade and 1967 USSR Championships in the Shakhter Weightlifting Hall in Moscow.

Chetin won a silver medal that night with a 340kg total (107.5+102.5+130). The national title went to Alexey Vakhonin who totaled 5kg more.

Gennady Chetin (1943-2002) a 2x Soviet Olympian who competed in the bantamweight class at the Summer Olympics in 1968 and 1972. He was a World champion (1971), 5-times USSR champion, (1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1976) и the USSR Spartakiade champion (1971).

Chetin was a bronze medalist of the 1972 Olympics in Munich and set 3 world records in his career. All three records were in total.

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Gosta Magnusson (Sweden)

History in Color:

October 3, 1947, Helsinki, Finland – Swedish heavyweight Gosta Magnusson prepares for lifting in the 82.5+kg class at the 1947 European Championships in Helsinki.

It was the first European Championships after the WWII.

32-year old Gosta Magnusson took the 4th place with a 370kg total. His bodyweight was 85.4kg.

The next year, Magnusson won a bronze medal in the 82.5kg class at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London.