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Yury Vlasov (USSR, Russia): "Veni, vidi, vici" (Stockholm, 1963)

Veni, vidi vici

Julius Caesar, around 47 BC

History in Color:

September 9, 1963, Stockholm, Sweden – Legendary Soviet heavyweight Yury Vlasov and his coach Suren Bogdasarov inspect the competition platform upon arrival to the 1963 World Championships in Stockholm.

The “Veni, vidi, vici” phrase in Latin was said by Julius Caesar after he achieved a quick victory at the Battle of Zela around 47 BC. It means “I came. I saw. I conquered.”

At the 1963 World Championship in Stockholm,  Olympic champion and the strongest man in the world at the time Yury Vlasov won his 4th world title with the 557.5kg (187.5+160+210) total. He set 3 word records  – in the clean-and-jerk (212.5kg) and two records in total.

Veni, vidi, vici…

1963 World Championship
Location: Stockholm, SWE
Weight Class: Super Heavyweight  [90+ kg]More Info On 1963 World Championship</p>
Rank Athlete Results (kg)
1 Yury VLASOV,  Soviet Union 187.5+160+210 = 557.5
2 Norbert SCHEMANSKY,  United States 180+160+197.5 = 537.5
3 Leonid ZHABOTINSKY,  Soviet Union 170+157.5+200 = 527.5

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Neno Terziyski (Bulgaria): Moscow, 1983

History in Color:

October 22, 1983, Moscow, Russia – 19-year old flyweight Neno Terziyski of Team Bulgaria is about ready for his attempt in the 52kg weight class at the 1983 World Championships in Moscow.

In 1983, Neno won his first World title with a world record total of 260kg. He went on to win 3 World Championships (1983, 1985, 1987) and 4 European Championships (1983, 1984, 1985, 1986).

Neno Terziyski competed for Bulgaria at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona (4th place).

In his career Neno set 12 world records.


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Unforgettable Khristo Plachkov of Bulgaria

History in Color:

September 23, 1975, Moscow, Russia – Legendary Bulgarian super heavyweight Khristo Plachkov competes in the 110+kg weight class at the 1975 World Championships in Moscow.

Khristo Plachkov (1953-2009) of Bulgaria was truly a legend in the history of Olympic weightlifting. He was a milestone athlete as the  first athlete in the world who managed to snatch 200 kg. It happened on May 25, 1976 in Sofia. Khristo was only 23 and it was remarkable!

That night in Sofia, Khristo Plachkov set two world records – 200kg in snatch and 442.5kg (200+242.5) in total. It was 7.5kg above the world record of Vasily Alexeev, the “strongest man on the planet” at the time!

Overall, Plachkov set 8 world records his career – 6 in the snatch lift and 2 in total.