December 29th, 2019

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Vartan Militosyan: European Gold in Havirov (1978)


History in Color:


June 14, 1978, Havirov, Czechoslovakia – Vice champion of the 1976 Summer Olympics, 28-year-old middleweight Vartan Militosyan of Leninakan (Gyumri), Armenia competes for the Soviet national team in the 75kg weight class at the 1978 European Championships in Havirov.


By the end of the day, Militosyan won a European gold medal with a 342.5kg (147.5+195) total and set a new world record in clean-and-jerk (196kg).


Vartan Militosyan (1950-2015) was one of the best middleweight athletes in the World in the second half of the 1970s. His personal best total was 345kg (150+195) reached in the 75kg class in 1977.


Militosyan was an Olympian and won a silver medal in the 75kg class at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. He was a 2x World vice champion (1976, 1978), 2x European Champion (1976, 1978), USSR Cup Winner (1977) and USSR Championships (1975, 1979) medalist in the middleweight.


In his career, Vartan Militosyan authored 4 world records in the 1970s.

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Alexander Kurynov: Olympic Gold Medal in Rome (1960)


History in Color:

September 8, 1960, Rome, Italy – Middleweight Alexander Kurynov of Team USSR performs a snatch lift on his way to his gold medal in the 75kg weight class at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome.


Kurynov won the Olympic gold medal with a 437.5kg (135+132.5+170) total  and managed to set two world records on his starry night in Rome – 170kg cj and 437.5kg total. He managed to win over legendary Tommy Kono of Team USA.


Alexander Kurynov (1934-1973) was a true legend of Soviet and world Olympic weightlifting. He was an Olympic champion (1960), 3-time World champion (1961-1963), 4-time European champion (1960-1963), USSR champion (1960). Kurynov set 13 world records during his career as a competitive weightlifter.


He was a graduate of the lifting school in Kazan and competed in the middleweight class,


In the timeline of the Soviet middleweights, the era of Kurynov is set between the eras of Fedor Bogdanovsky and Victor Kurentsov. One of the most memorable moments in his career was his victory over unbeatable Tommy Kono of the U.S.A. at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome.