April 3rd, 2019

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Petr Korol (USSR, Ukraine) Sets a New World Record in Sofia


History in Color:

June 22, 1971, Sofia, Bulgaria – 30-year old lightweight Peter Korol of Lvov, Ukraine sets a new world record in clean-and-jerk (173.5kg) at the 1971 European Championships in Sofia.


Five years later, Petr Korol became an Olympic champion with a 305kg (135+170) total in the 67.5kg weight class at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal.

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Anatoly Kalenichenko (USSR, Russia): World Record at the 1967 USSR Spartakiade


History in Color:

August 1, 1967, Moscow, Russia – Soviet middle heavyweight, European vice champion Anatoly Kalenichenko of the Dynamo Club (Volgograd, Russia) sets a new world record in snatch (151.5kg) in the 90kg class at the 1967 USSR Spartakiade and 1967 USSR Championships in Moscow.


Kalenichenko managed to beat by 0.5kg the world record set by Jaan Talts of Team Estonia just a few minutes before that on the same platform.


Anatoly Kalenichenko was one of the top Soviet middle heavyweights in the 1960s. He competed for the Dynamo Club of Volgograd, Russia and won one gold (1965), two silver (1963, 1967) and two bronze (1964, 1968) medals at the USSR Championships. He also was a 2x vice champion of the USSR Spartakiades (1963, 1967) and a vice champion of Europe (1965). He set 5 world records including the one featured in this History in Color photo.


 

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Winners of the Strong Men Weightlifting Tournament in London (1975)


History in Color:

October 24, 1975, London, Great Britain – Winners of the invitational Strong Men Weightlifting International Tournament in London: legendary super heavyweights Aslanbek Yenaldiev (USSR, 1st place), Khristo Plachkov (Bulgaria, 2nd place) and Jan Nagy (Czechoslovakia, 3rd place).