March 3rd, 2019

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Marian Zielinski (Poland) Wins the World Title in Stockholm


History in Color:

Stockholm, September 9, 1963 – The first Polish World Champion, Marian Zielinski performs a press lift in the lightweight class  on his way to his second World title  at the 1963 World Championship in Stockholm.


Marian Zielinski (1929-2005) was one of the best weightlifters in the world in the 1960s. He was the first World champion from Poland (1959) and a true legend of Polish and world Olympic weightlifting.


Zielinski competed for Poland at four Summer Olympics – in Helsinki 1956. Rome 1960, Tokyo 1964, Mexico City 1968. He won three bronze Olympic medals.


Zielinsky lifted in the feather and light weight classes and won two World titles (1959, 1963) , 3 European titles (1959, 1960, 1963) and set 3 world records (2 in snatch, 1 in cj lift) in his career.


 

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Canada Strong: Doug Hepburn and Gerry Gratton in 1954


History in Color:


August 1954, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – Heavyweight Doug Hepburn and middleweight Gerry Gratton of Team Canada at the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Vancouver.


Both Gratton and Hepburn  became champions of the Games in 1954.


Gratton won gold in the 75kg class and Hepburn in the 90+kg class.