February 27th, 2019

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Vaclav Psenicka Jr (Czechoslovakia)


History in Color:

The cover photo of the History in Color series features one of the most distinguished Czech weightlifters of the 20th century Vaclav Psenicka Jr. (1931-2015). He  was a 2x Olympian, who competed for Czechoslovakia at the Summer Olympics in 1952 and 1956.


His father was one of the magnificent Olympians of the early decades, 2x Olympic vice champion Vaclav Psenicka Sr. (1906-1961).


Vaclav Psenicka Jr. was an 11x national champion of Czechoslovakia (1950-1960) and was elected as the Best Weightlifter of Czechoslovakia in 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959. He competed for the national team for over a decade – from 1950 to 1963. His best performance in total was 417.5kg (135+122.5+161) in the 90 kg class in 1958.


At the European Weightlifting Championships, he won silver in 1953, 1955, 1956, 1957 and bronze in 1954, 1958, 1959. At the Summer Olympics, he took the 11th place in the 75 kg class with the 350 kg total (100 + 107.5 + 142.5) in 1952 (Helsinki) and the 6th place in 82.5 kg class with the 400 kg total (125 + 120 + 155) in 1956 (Melbourne). At the World Championsips, he competed 7 times and took the 4th place in 1954, 1958 and 1959.

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Olympic Heavyweight Champions (London, 1948)


History in Color:

August 11, 1948, London, Great Britain – Olympic medal winners in the 82.5+ class at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London (left to right):


Norbert Schemanky (USA, silver medal, 425kg), John Davis (USA, gold medal, 452.5kg), Bram Charite (Netherlands, bronze medal, 412.5kg)




 
Rank Athlete Results (kg)
1 John DAVIS, United States 137.5OR + 137.5+ 177.5WR = 452.5OR
2 Norbert SCHEMANSKY, United States 122.5 + 132.5+ 170 = 425
3 Abraham CHARITE, Netherlands 127.5 + 125+ 160 = 412.5
4 Alfred KNIGHT , Great Britain 117.5 + 117.5+ 155 = 390
5 Hanafi MUSTAFA, Egypt 120 + 115+ 150 = 385
6 Niels PETERSEN, Denmark 115 + 112.5+ 155 = 382.5
7 Robert ALLART, Belgium 122.5 + 110+ 145 = 377.5
8 Pieter TALJAARD, South Africa 117.5 + 112.5+ 145 = 375
9 Udo QUERCH, Cuba 105 + 112.5+ 155 = 372.5
10 Carlos DOMINGUEZ MAVILA, Peru 117.5 + 105+ 140 = 362.5
11 Hugo Juan VALLARINO, Argentina 100 + 112.5+ 145 = 357.5
12 Ray MAGEE , Australia 110 + 110+ 137.5 = 357.5
13 Leopoldo BRIOLA, Argentina 110 + 102.5+ 135 = 347.5
14 Franz EIBLER , Austria 102.5 + 100+ 125 = 327.5
15 Muhammad NAQI BUTT, Pakistan 97.5 + 97.5+ 125 = 320
16 Dandamudi RAJAGOPAL, India 92.5 + 90+ 122.5 = 305


 

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Grand Finale at the Summer Olympics in 1948


History in Color:

July 27, 1952, Helsinki, Finland – On the last day the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, victorious team USA gathered on the stage for celebration (left to right):


Front row:

Richard Tom (56kg), Clyde Emrich (82.5kg, 8th place)

Middle row:

Stan Stancsyk (82.5kg, silver medal), Richard Tomita (60kg), Peter George (75kg, gold medal), Jim Bradford (90+kg, silver medal), John Davis (90+kg, , gold medal), Norb Schemansky (90kg, gold medal) Tommy Kono (67.5kg, , gold medal)

Top row:

John Terpak (assistant coach), John T. Garland (international official), Alvin Roy (team trainer), Dietrich Wortmann (manager), Dave Martin (assistant manager), Bob Hoffman (coach), Clarence Johnson (assistant manager)