May 17th, 2019

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Balas Fitzi (Romania): Leningrad, 1968


History in Color:

June 20, 1958, Leningrad, USSR – 34-year old lightweight Balas Fitzi of Cluj, Romania performs a press lift in the 67.5kg weight class at the 1968 European Championships at the Winter Stadium in Leningrad


Balas Fitzi (born in 1944) was one of the best Romanian weightlifters in the 1960s. He was a 2x Olympian and competed for his country at two Summer Olympica – in Rome in 1960 and in Tokyo in 1964.


Fitzi mostly competed in the bantam and featherweight classes. On the international level, besides competing at the Summer Olympics, he became a European vice champion in the 60kg class at the 1964 European Championships and won a silver medal at the 1963 Prize of Moscow international tournaments.

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Lazar Baroga (Romania): Tokyo, 1964


History in Color:

October 16, 1964, Tokyo, Japan – 27-year old middle heavyweight Lazar Baroga of Sibiu, Romania competes in the 90kg weight class at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.


Lazar Baroga (1937-2000) was one of the top contenders in the middle heavyweight class in the 1960s. Baroga was a 2x Olympian and competed for his country at two Summer Olympica – in Rome in 1960 and in Tokyo in 1964. In Tokyo (shown on the cover History in Color photo) Baroga finished on the 5th place and clean-and-jerked the second highest weight (180kg).


Lazar Baroga was a milestone athlete in the history of Romanian weightlifting. At the 1960 European Championships in Milan, he won a bronze medal in the 90kg class and it was the first ever medal won by Romanian weightlifters at the European and World championships.