November 29th, 2020

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Yury Zakharevich Sets 6 World Records per Night (Dnepropetrovsk, 1982)

History in Color:

May 22, 1982, Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, USSR – 19-year old Yury Zakharevich of Dimitrovgrad, Russia sets a clean-and-jerk world record using “power jerk” style technique in the 100kg class at the 1982 USSR Championships in Dnepropetrovsk.

It was a phenomenal night for a young weightlifter. He won his first USSR championship with 430kg (195+235) in total and managed to set 6 world records in the 100kg weight class during this tournament Dnepropetrovsk:

  • Snatch 193.5kg;

  • Snatch 195kg;

  • Clean-and-jerk 234kg;

  • Clean-and-jerk 235kg;

  • Total 427.5kg;

  • Total 430kg.

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Rising Stars of Olympic Weightlifting Train Outdoors in Shakty, Russia

History in Color:

Shakhty, Roston-on-Don region, Russia, USSR (early 1970s) – Rising stars of Soviet Olympic weightlifting Nikolay Kolesnikov (left) and Sergey Pevzner are training outdoors in a famous weightlifting school of Shakhty.

Nikolay Kolesnikov became an Olympic champion in the 60kg weight class in Montreal in 1976. He was a 3x World champion, 3x European champion and set 6 world records.

Sergey Pevzner was one of the best lightweights in the USSR and in the World. He was a vice champion of the World, European champion and authored 2 world records in his career in this sport.

A small miner’s town of Shakhty in the south of Russia became a world famous place where many Olympic and world champions were trained by Rudolf Plyukfelder and Viktor Dorokhin. Overall, the list of famous graduates of the Shakhty’s weightlifting school features 6 Olympic champions and 7 world champions. David Rigert and Vasily Alexeev, Alexsey Vakhonin and Nikolay Kolesnikov, , Gennady Bessonov and Viktor Tregubov – all of them were training in Shakhty.


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David Prowse (1935-2020)

November 28, 2020 – British actor David Prowse, who played Darth Vader in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, has died at 85. Before he became a world famous entertainer, he was also a champion weightlifter and bodybuilder in his early years.

On the History in Color photo below, David Prowse is featured with Team England before going to the 1962 British Empire Games in Perth, Australia.


History in Color:

Team England Weightlifting before going to the 1962 Empire Games in Perth Australia.

Left to right:

George Manners (82.5kg, silver medal), Carlton Goring (67.5kg, gold medal), David Prowse, Louis Martin (90kg, gold medal), George Newton (60kg, gold medal), Ernie Peppiatt, Al Murray.


Information associated with the name of athletes includes the weight class and place at the 1962 Empire Games.