February 16th, 2020

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Dzhamal Panakhov (1954-2020)


Sad news came from Kazakhstan… Weightlifting champion, coach, world record holder, Dzhamal Panakhov died in Kokchetav, Kazakhstan.


He was 65.


Dzhamal Panakhov competed for the club of Dynamo, Kokchetav in Kazakhstan. His forte was definitely a cj lift and one of the most memorable moments of his career was a world record in the clean-and-jerk set on November 16, 1977 in Simferopol, USSR.


After retiring from active lifting, Dzhamal Panakhov worked as a coach in his Dynamo Kokchetav club and prepared many Olympic medalists and national and international level weightlifters.


Besides his impressive medal and awards track, Dzhamal Panakhov was a very good friend of the Lift Up project and a person of a true life-time long passion for the sport of Olympic weightlifting.


Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the Champion.

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Super Heavyweight Champions in Lima, 1971


History in Color:

September 26, 1971, Lima, Peru – The super heavyweights receive their medals in the 110kg class tournament at the 1971 World Championships in Lima (left to right):


Ivan Atanasov (Bulgaria, bronze medal, 532.5kg), Vasily Alexeev (USSR, gold medal, 635kg) and Ken Patera (USA, silver medal, 592.5kg)


During the competitions, Vasily Alexeev set three world records when he pressed 227.5kg and 230kg and then clean-and-jerked 235.5kg.


Belgian giant Serge Reding also came up with a world record in press (228kg) but failed in the cj lift to qualify for a medal in total.