February 20th, 2019

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Bram Charite (Netherlands) in London, 1948

History in Color:

August 11, 1948, London, Great Britain – 30-year old heavyweight Abraham “Bram” Charite of Netherlands is on his way to the bronze medal in the 82.5+ class at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London. He finished with three national records and with a 412.5kg total that allowed him to win an Olympic bronze medal and a European gold medal in 1948.

Abraham “Bram” Charite (1917-1991) of Haag, Netherlands was one of three Dutch weightlifters of all times that were able to bring home medals from the Summer Olympics. Charite competed at the Summer Olympics in London (1948) and in Helsinki (1952).

So far, his bronze medal in London was the last medal won by Dutch men in the Summer Olympics weightlifting tournaments.



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Valery Kravchuk (USSR, Ukraine)

History in Color:

March 18, 1984, Minsk, Belarus – World and European champion, Valery Kravchuk of Krivoy Rog, Ukraine competes at the 1984 USSR Championship in Minsk. He won the USSR title in the 110kg weightclass with 432.5kg total (190+242.5).

Valery Kravchuk (born in 1955) was one of the strongest Soviet heavyweights in the 1980s.

The 110kg weight class was one of the most difficult among the Soviet athletes to break into to compete on the international level. Kravchuk managed to win the 1982 World and European Championships in Lille where he bypassed his powerful teammate Vyacheslav Klokov.

From 1979 to 1984, Valery Kravchuk consistently won medals at the USSR Championships. He won the USSR national titles in 1981 and 1984.


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Henryk Trebicki (Poland)

History in Color:

Henryk Trebicki (1940-1996) was one of the best bantamweights in the history of Polish Olympic weightlifting.

He represented Poland at 3 Summer Olympics – in 1964, 1968 and 1952.  In 1964 and 1972, Trebicki won the 4th place in the 56kg class in Tokyo and Munich accordingly. In 1968, Trebicki won a bronze Olympic medal at the Summer Olympics in Mexico City.

Besides his solid performance at the Olympics, Trebicki was a strong bantamweight contender in the top international tournaments during his career in this sport. At the European Championships,  he won a bronze medal in 1965 in Sofia.

He became a vice champion of the World in 1971 in Lima and was 3rd in the 56kg at the 1970 World Championships in Columbus. In Columbus, OH (shown on the cover photo), Trebicki won the snatch program and was 3rd in the press.

When the World Championship was cancelled in 1967, Henryk Trebicki finished 4th at the Little Olympics in Mexico City.

On the national level, Henryk Trebicki was a 2x champion (1963, 1964), 2x silver (1969, 1970) and 4x bronze (1962, 1965, 1967, 1972) medalist in the Championships of Poland.

Henryk Trebicki was a popular installment on the Polish weightlifting team. He was charismatic and considered a great storyteller among his teammates.