May 9th, 2019

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Alexander Varbanov (Bulgaria) Turns 55

Happy Birthday to the Legend!

Alexander Varbanov (b. 1964) was perhaps one of the strongest middleweights of all times. His personal best was the total of 382.5kg (167.5+215, bodyweight 74.6kg) that was reached on February 29, 1988 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

Varbanov won a bronze medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics. He was a 3x World Champion (1983, 1985, 1986), 4x European Champion (1983, 1985, 1986, 1987), 4x Bulgarian champion (1982, 1983, 1984, 1985).

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May 9 - Remembering the Great Victory Day in 1945

Remembering the Great Victory Day in 1945…

Many of them never came back from the war.

Many of them are no longer around.

The world is a different place today.

New generations. New thoughts. New views and interpretations.

It was a big day on May 9, 1945.

Celebrating and remembering the Great Victory Day in 1945…



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One Year After the Big War: Weightlifting Champions in 1946

This was the first post-WWII national championship in the USSR.

Most of the champions were World War 2 veterans.

Many of the champions didn’t win the titles after the war because they never came back.

History in Color:

June 17, 1946, Riga, Latvia – Introduction of the champions of the 1946 USSR Championships at the State Circus Arena in Riga.

The 1946 USSR Championships was held in Riga and gathered 84 athletes from 16 clubs and 23 cities in the country. And the winners were (left to right):

Mitrofan Kosarev (56kg, Stroitel, Moscow, Russia), Moisey Kasyanik (60kg, Dynamo, Tbilisi, Georgia), George Popov (67.5kg, Army, Moscow, Russia), Nikolay Shatov (75kg, Dynamo, Moscow, Russia), Grigory Novak (82.5kg, Soviet Wings, Moscow, Russia), Yakov Kutsenko (82.5+kg, Lokomotiv, Kiev, Ukraine) – Original article.