April 1st, 2020

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Norb Schemansky: 1952 Olympic Tryouts

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June 28, 1952, NYC, New York – 28-year old mid heavyweight Norbert Schemansky of Detroit, Michigan, USA performs a press lift on his way to the win the 1st place in the 90kg weight class at the 1952 Senior Nationals and Final Olympic Tryouts held at the 69th Regiment Armory Auditorium in New York City.

Note: Another legend of the U.S. weightlifting, Stan Stanczyk is seen behind Norbert Schemansky.

At the Tryouts, Schemansky won the 1st place with a 402.5kg (120 + 127.5 + 155) in total.

A month later, on July 27, 1952, he won the gold at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki with an outstanding total of 445kg (127.5 + 140+ 177.5).

Schemansky set 3 world records that night (140kg in snatch, 177.5kg in cj and 445kg in total) and outlifted his main opponent Grigory Novak (USSR) by 35kg!




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Eino Makinen in Tallinn (1957)

History in color:

Tallinn, Estonia, USSR, 1957 – 4x Olympian, European champion Eino Makinen  of Tampere, Finland competes a 170kg clean-and-jerk in the 90+kg weight class in the weightlifting match between Finland and Estonia Tallinn in 1957.

Eino “Eikka” Makinen (1926-2014) represented his native Finland at four Summer Olympics in Helsinki (1952), Melbourne (1956), Rome (1960) and Tokyo (1964). He won bronze medals at the Worlds (1955, 1961) and won gold (1955), silver (1954, 1957, 1961) and bronze (1959) medals at the European championships.

He was the first Finnish weightlifter to reach the 400kg total and was the key figure of the Suomi weightlifting in the 1950s.