March 24th, 2019

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Louis Martin (Great Britain): Press Lift Training

History in Color:

The best British athlete in the history of Olympic weightlifting, Louis Martin is working on his press lift in training.

Martin was a middle heavyweight and his best result in the press at the top level of international competitions was 160kg at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City.

Louis Martin (1936-2015) was a 3x Olympian. He represented Great Britain at the Summer Olympics in 1960, 1964 and 1968. He competed in the 90kg weight class at all three tournaments and won bronze in Rome 1960 and silver in Tokyo in 1964.

In his outstanding career, Martin won 4 World championships (1959, 1962, 1963, 1965), 4 European championships (1959, 1962, 1963, 1965), 3 Commonwealth Games (1962, 1966, 1970) and set 2 world records.


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Group Snapshot with the Legends: Yury Vlasov and Humberto Selvetti (1963)

The History in Color series features a group shot with unforgettable champions from the past of Olympic weightlifting (left to right):

Lifter from Argentina, Yury Vlasov (USSR), Humberto Selvetti (Argentina), Suren Bogdasarov (USSR)

The black-and-white original of the photo came from the personal archive of Arkady Vorobyev who identified it as being taken in 1963. Perhaps, it is the training hall at the 1963 World Champions in Stockholm. Argentinian lifter on the left was introduced as a student Selvetti. Neither Olympic champion Yury Vlasov nor Olympic vice champion Humberto Selvetti don’t need special intriductions for the fans of the Iron Game. Suren Bogdasarov was a coach of Yury Vlasov.