February 1st, 2020

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1972 Summer Olympics: And the Heavyweight Winners Are…


History in Color:

September 4, 1972, Munich, Germany – Heavyweight winners receive their Olympic medals at the ceremony in the 110kg weight class at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich (left to right):


Alexander Kraychev (Bulgaria, silver medal), Jaan Talts (USSR, gold medal), Stefan Grutzner (GDR, bronze medal)


In many ways, this cover photo is unique. The heavyweight class (110kg) was introduced on January 1, 1969. So, it is the first ever group of Olympic medalists in the 110kg weight class. On the other hand, with the elimination of the press lift in 1972, they are the last heavyweight winners of the Summer Olympics in the 3-lift total in weightlifting.