April 6th, 2019

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Robert Allart (Belgium)

History in Color:

Robert Allart (born in 1913) was the finest Belgian Olympic weightlifter of the first decade after the end of the World War 2.

He competed in the heavyweight class and represented Belgium at two Summer Olympics – in 1948 and 1952.

At the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, Allart’s bodyweight was 101kg and he took the 7th place with a 377.5kg total in the 82.5+kg class.

A year later, 36-year old Robert Allart won a bronze medal at the World Championships and a silver medal at the European Championships in Scheveningen, Netherllands with a 387.5kg total.

Robert Allart’s strongest lift was his press and he was always remembered as a gentleman on and off the competition platform..

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Waldemar Baszanowski (Poland): Split Style Clean in Columbus, OH

History in Color:

September 15, 1970, Columbus, OH, USA – Legendary Polish lightweight, 35-year old Waldemar Baszanowski performs a split style clean in the 67.5kg weight class at the 1970 World Championships in Columbus..

2x Olympic champion and 4x Olympian, Waldemar Baszanowski was one of the greatest weightlifters of all time and nations. His greatness could be attributed to all the awards and medals that he won throughout his remarkable career as well as to his brilliant weightlifting techniques.

At the beginning of his career, Baszanowski used split style for both snatch and clean lifts. After 1963, Baszanowski switched to squat style in the snatch and continued to use split style clean in the competitions. Regardless of the style, Baszanowski’s techniques were always impressive and nearly perfect in performance.

Speaking of his brilliant split cleans, Baszanowski was one of the last of the mohicans to use it on the elite level. It was Waldemar Baszanowski who the the last world record ever in clean-and-jerk using a split clean. It happened on June 22, 1971 when Baszanowski cj’d a world record of 173kg in the lightweight class in Sofia, Bulgaria.