May 11th, 2019

close up

Yanko Rusev (Bulgaria): 1983 World Championships in Moscow

History in Color:

October 25, 1983, Moscow, Russia – Olympic champion, legendary Yanko Rusev of Team Bulgaria competes in a clean-and-jerk program in the 67.5kg class at the 1983 World Championships at the Izmaylovo Weightlifting Arena in Moscow.

One of all-time best weightlifters in the history of this sport, Yanko Rusev (born in 1958) was an Olympic champion (1980), a 5x World champion, a 5x European champion. Due to the boycott of the Summer Olympics in LA, Yanko Rusev didn’t compete in the 1984 Olympics. Instead, he won the alternative Friendship Cup in Varna with the 337.5kg total (145+192.5).

Rusev authored 25 world records in his career.