February 17th, 2019

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Gosta Magnusson (Sweden): Bronze Olympic Medal in Helsinki

History in Color:

August 11, 1948, Helsinki, Finland – Swedish light heavyweight Gosta Magnusson performs a snatch lift  in the 82.5kg class at the 1948 Summer Olympics in Helsinki.

A year before also in Helsinki, Gosta Magnusson took the 4th place in the 82.5+kg class with a 370kg total at the European Championships. His bodyweight was 85.4kg.

This time at the Olympics, Magnusson’s bodyweight was 82.49 and he won a bronze Olympic medal in the 82.5kg class with a 375kg total.


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Pavel Khek (Czechoslovakia)

History in Color:

The cover photo features one of the best Czech heavyweights of the early 1980s, Pavel Khek performing a clean-and-jerk lift at the earlier stage of his career.

Pavel Khek (born in 1958) was an Olympian who competed for Team Czechoslovakia at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.

As a junior lifter, Pavel Khek showed all the signs of a big promise. He won the 4th place at the junior World and European Championships in 1976 and 1978 and set junior world records in snatch (170kg in 1976). Pavel won a Czech national title in 1982 and competed for the national team from 1976 to 1983. He had a solid Top 5 super heavyweight placing at World Championships in 1982 (4) and in 1983 (5).

His personal best results were 422.5kg total, 197.5kg snatch and 225kg cj in 1983.