April 4th, 2019

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Yoshinobu Miyake: Rising Star from the Land of a Rising Sun


History in Color:

September 16, 1962, Budapest, Hungary – 23-year old bantamweight Yoshinobu Miyake of Japan wins his first world title with a world record in total (352.5kg) in the 56kg weight class at the 1962 World Championships in Budapest.


Yoshinobu Miyake (b. 1939) was one of the best and most memorable athletes in the world of the 1960s. During his sports career, he dominated the featherweight class.


Standing just 5 feet tall, Miyake was a lieutenant in National Self-Defense Force in Japan. The legend says that his parents had to sell pigs from their farm to finance his first trip to the Olympics. Altogether, Miyake competed at four Olympics in 1960, 1964, 1968 and 1972 winning two gold and one silver medals. He set 23 world records during his career as an athlete.


Besides numerous world titles and records, Miyake became known for his signature “Frog Style” lifting techique when the athlete keeps his heels together with knees spreaded outward to about 60 degrees with a wide grip on the bar, resembling a frog upon the lift. The style became known as “Miyake Pull” immortalizing the name of its author very much like the name Dick Fosbury in high jump.


After retiring from active weightlifting, Miyake became Japanese national weightlifting coach. His brother, Yoshiyuki Miyake, also a weightlifter, won the bronze medal in the 1968 Olympic 60 kg class and won world championships in 1969 and 1971. And, of course, 4x Olympian, Olympic medalist Hiromi Miyake of Team Japan is his niece.

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Igor Sadykov (USSR, Uzbekistan, Germany): Moscow, 1986


History in Color:

September 12, 1986, Moscow, Russia – 19-year old sub heavyweight Igor Sadykov of Fergana, Uzbekistan competes in the 100kg weight class at the 1986 USSR Spatakiade held at the Izmaylovo Weightlifting Arena in Moscow.


Interestingly enough, the display in the back says that it is the 1st attempt in snatch. It is obviously a clean-and-jerk lift.


Igor Sadykov (born in 1967) was one of the biggest talents in the 100kg class of his generation in the USSR and in the world.


“Igor was the best graduate of the weightlifting school of Fergana” said Gogi Gurgenyan, the author of the black-and-white original of the featured photo and the director of Sports Committee in Fergana, Uzbekistan at the time.


On the national level, Sadykov won the 1990 USSR Championships with a 412.5kg total and the bronze at the 1988 USSR Cup with a 415kg total.


On the international level, he was a European Champion in 1991 and won 1 gold (1991), 1 silver (1990) and 1 bronze (1993) medals at the World Championships. In 1990 and 1991, Sadykov competed for the Soviet Union. In 1993, he won a bronze medal for Team Germany in Melbourne.