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Peter George and Fedor Bogdanovsky: Best Middleweights in Munich (1955)


History in Color:

October 14, 1955, Munich, Germany – Weightlifting middleweight champions Fedor Bogdanovsky (left) of Leningrad, USSR and Peter George of Akron, OH, USA are receiving their medals and awards after competing in the 75kg weight class at the 1955 World and European Championships in Munich.


Both athletes ended with a 405kg in total in Munich. 26-year old Olympic champion Peter George won the World title with a 405kg (120+127.5+157.5) total. It was the 5th World title in his phenomenal weightlifting career.


Fedor Bogdanovsky won a silver medal of the World Championships and became a European champion with a 405kg (127.5+122.5+155)  total.




1955 World Championship
Location: Munich, FRG
Weight Class: Middleweight  [75 kg]</p>

More Info On 1955 World Championship

Rank Athlete Results (kg)
1 Peter GEORGE,  United States 120+127.5+157.5 = 405
2 Fedor BOGDANOVSKY,  Soviet Union 127.5+122.5+155 = 405
3 Ingemar FRANZEN,  Sweden 110+115+147.5 = 372.5


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Zhabotinsky and Galkin in Tbilisi (1974)


History in Color:

April 26, 1974, Tbilisi, Georgia –Legendary super heavyweight, 2x Olympic champion Leonid Zhabotinsky congratulates 22-year old middleweight Alexander Galkin with a silver medal in the 75kg weight class at the 1974 USSR Championships that was held in the State Circus Arena in Tbilisi.


Alexander Galkin was considered a rising star in the middleweight class at the time.


Graduate of the Spartak weightlifting club in Donetsk, at 19, Galkin ended up with a solid 455kg total (150+130+175) and a bronze medal at the 1971 USSR Spartakiade and USSR Championshipa in Moscow. Later in the year, he won the 1971 USSR Cup and became a national champion in the snatch and clean-and-jerk lifts.


In 1974, Galkin competed for the Army Club of Kiev, Ukraine and became a USSR vice champion with legendary Viktor Kurentsov winning the gold.


A year later, Galkin won the 1975 Ukraine Championship in Voroshilovgrad. He reached his best total 320kg (137.5 + 182.5) at the 1975 USSR Championship (6th place).