November 10th, 2019

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El Sayed Nosseir (Egypt): Training in Cairo,1929


History in Color:

June 1929, Cairo, Egypt – Olympic champion, 24-year old El Sayed Nosseir is training at the Cairo Sporting Club a year after winning a gold Olympic medal in Amsterdam.


El Sayed Nosseir (1905-1977) was an outstanding Egyptian Olympic weightlifter and sports manager. He was one of the first Olympic champions of Egypt overall.


Nosseir won his gold medal in the 82.5kg weight class at the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam.


As an athlete, Nosseir also managed to set 7 world records in his career in Olympic weightlifting.


After finishing his career as an athlete, he was responsible for a very successful Team Egypt, which was one of the top Olympic weightlifting team in the 1940s and in the 1950s. Here is the ranking Team Egypt in the world in those early decades of the 20th Century:



  • 1930s – No 5

  • 1940s – No 2

  • 1950s – No 4

  • 1960s – No 18

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Top 6 USSR Middle Heavyweights: Moscow, 1967


History in Color:

August 1, 1967, Moscow, USSR – The 90kg weight class winners of the 1967 USSR Spartakiade and 1967 USSR Championships are receiving their awards at the “Shakhter” (Coal Miner) Weightlifting Hall in Moscow (left to right):


Anatoly Kalenichenko (silver medal, Dynamo Volgograd,  482.5kg), Jaan Talts (gold medal, Jiud Tallinn, 502.5kg), Alexander Kidyaev (bronze medal, Avangard Lugansk, 475kg), Victor Lyakh (4th place, Army Rostov, 470kg), Alexander Kasyanov (5th place, Lokomotiv Leningrad, 467.5kg), Karl Pumpurins (6th place, Dynamo Riga, 465kg)


It was the first USSR title won by Jaan Talts of Estonia. That night, 23-year old Estonian lifter set 3 world records and became the first middle heavyweight athlete in the world in the prestigious 500 Club.