February 12th, 2020

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Unsung Heroes: Yury RascheskinY (USSR, Uzbekistan)


History in Color :


July 31, 1967, Moscow, USSR – Light heavyweight Yury Rascheskin of the Army Club, Tashkent competes for Team Uzbekistan in the 82.5kg class at the 1967 USSR Spartakiade and 1967 USSR Championships at the “Shakhter” (Coal Miner) Weightlifting Hall in Moscow.


Yury Rascheskin was one top light heavyweight contenders at the USSR national tournaments in the 1960s.


He competed for the Lokomotiv and Army clubs of Tashkent, Uzbekistan. His collection of top USSR medals and awards included silver (1959, 1962) and bronze (1961) medals at the USSR Championships and representing the national team at numerous Prize of Moscow international tournaments in the 1960s.

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Vasily Kolotov: Hunting For a World Record In Ulm


History in Color:


March 5, 1972, Ulm, FRG – World champion Vasily Kolotov, 28-year old middle heavyweight of the Team USSR goes for a world record in clean-and-jerk (208kg) in the 90kg weight class at the pre-Olympic tournament in Ulm, Germany.


With 6 months left before the Summer Olympics in Munich, the pre-Olympic tournament in Ulm was held on March 4-5, 1972 and brought in several major weightlifting superstars. The list of world records set in Ulm included:



  • 52kg: Adam Gnatov, USSR Press 118kg

  • 52kg: Adam Gnatov, USSR Press 120kg

  • 60kg: Imre Foldi, Hungary Press 137.5kg

  • 60kg: Yury Golubtsov, USSR CJ 155kg

  • 110kg: Pavel Pervushin, USSR Snatch 171kg

  • 110+kg: Rudolf Mang, W.Germany Press 230.5kg


The attempt by Vasily Kolotov to cj 208 kg wasn’t successful. The record by David Rigert (207.5kg) stayed this time.


3 weeks later, another Soviet middle heavyweight Evgeny Penkovsky managed to cj 208 kg on March 26, 1972 in Moscow and it became a new target for upcoming records.


The world records hunger never stops. In fact, two more clean-and-jerk world records in the 90kg class were set just before the Summer Olympics started in August 1972.