April 17th, 2019

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Mohamed Traboulsi (Lebanon): World Record in Mexico City

History in Color:

October 15, 1968, Mexico City, Mexico – 18-year old lightweight Mohamed Traboulsi of Lebanon set a new world record in snatch (121.5kg – WR JR) while competing in the 67.5kg class at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City.

Although Lebanon wasn’t considered an Olympic weightlifting powerhouse Mohamed Traboulsi (b. 1950) was, by all means, a distinguished elite international weightlifter of his time.

Traboulsi competed for Lebanon at three Summer Olympics  – in Mexico City (1968), in Munich (1972) and in Moscow (1980). At 22, he won a silver Olympic medal in the middleweight class in Munich, Germany.

Traboulsi had a very distinguished career in this sport. He was the first  middleweight in the world to snatch his double bodyweight. In his career, Mohamed Traboulsi set 4 world records in Olympic weightlifting.

Besides being a vice champion of Olympics and World Championships, he won the Asian Games in 1978 (67.5kg) and took a silver medal at the Asian Games in 1982 (82.5kg)


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1951 USSR Weightlifting Champions in Kaunas

History in Color:

May 16, 1951, Kaunas, Lithuania –National champions in Olympic weightlifting are being announced at the closing ceremony of the 1951 USSR Championships held at the Sports Palace in Kaunas (left to right):

Ivan Udodov (56kg, Dynamo, Rostov, Russia), Rafael Chimishkyan (60kg, Dynamo, Tbilisi, Georgia), Vladimir Svetilko (67.5kg, Dynamo, Tbilisi, Georgia), Vladimir Pushkarev (75kg, Dynamo, Moscow, Russia), Arkady Vorobyev (82.5kg, Army, Sverdlovsk, Russia),  Yakov Kutsenko (90+kg, Lokomotiv, Kiev, Ukraine)

Note: Grigory Novak (90kg, Soviet Wings, Moscow, Russia) won the 90kg class and not shown in the lineup on the photo.

The 1951 USSR Championships was the 26th national competition in the country. It gathered 136 Olympic weightlifters from 13 USSR republics in 7 weight classes. The medalists for the teams’ competitions were

  1. Leningrad

  2. Russia

  3. Georgia