May 22nd, 2019

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Yurik Vardanyan (Armenia, USSR): Getting Ready For Lille, France


History in Color:

September 1, 1981, Podolsk, Russia – With two weeks left to the opening of the 1981 World Championships in Lille, France, legendary light heavyweight Yurik Vardanyan of Leninakan (Gyumry), Armenia is training with the Team USSR weightlifting in Podolsk, Russia.


Just a year ago, Vardanyan became an Olympic champion with 5 world records in the 82.5kg weight class at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.


Now, it was a new challenge to come – the 1981 World Championships.

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100th Birthday Celebration of Arvid Andersson (Sweden, 1919-2011)


May 19, 2019 – Great Swedish Champion Arvid Andersson (1919-2011) would have turned 100.


Happy Birthday to the legendary champion!




Olof Arvid Andersson (1919-2011) happens to be the most successful Swedish Olympic weightlifter of the 20th century.


Andersson was a two-time Olympian and represented Sweden at the Summer Olympics in London (1948) and in Helsinki (1952).


On October 18, 1946, Arvid Andersson won the featherweight title at the World Championship in Paris. It was the first and, so far, the last gold medal won by Swedish athletes in Olympic weightlifting. 27-year old Arvid Andersson won the gold with the world record in total (320kg).


In addition his outstanding performance in Paris, Arvid Andersson also won the bronze medal at the 1949 World championship ans twice became a European champion (1947, 1949)