August 25th, 2019

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Gennady Ivanchenko: Lifting for the Dynamo Club (Riga, Latvia)


History in Color:


One of the most memorable Soviet athletes of the 1970s, Gennady Ivanchenko is getting ready for a snatch lift competing for the Dynamo Club of Riga Latvia at the local meet.


Obviously, the look-and-feel of athletes in the Olympic weightlifting is rather secondary to the weights they actually lift in the competitions.


Still, there were always “poster boys” of this sport and Ivanchenko was definitely one of them in his era. He was very impressive in terms of his appearance on the competition platform as well as the poundage results he managed to show in his career.


 

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Conversation in Odessa: Tamas Ajan and Sergey Artamonov at the 1983 Friendship Cup in Odessa


History in Color:


March 1983, Odessa, Ukraine – Tamas Ajan, IWF Secretary General listens to the overview of the new technical referee system for the Olympic weightlifting competitions developed and implemented by Sergey Artamonov (right), one of the top Soviet weightlifting referees at the time.


The black-and-white original of the photo was sent by Sergey Artamonov. Tamas Ajan doesn’t need special introductions. He has been the IWF President since 2000 and served and the IWF Secretary General from 1975 to 2000. The Friendship Cups was one of the top international tournaments and the year of 1983 wasn’t an exception. 11 World records were set during the tournament.