December 5th, 2020

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Yury Vlasov (USSR): Early 1960s


History in Color:

Olympic champion Yury Vlasov performs Olympic weightlifting in front of thousands of spectators at the soccer stadium in Moscow in 1960s.


Based on the writing on the banner, the event was dedicated to the friendship and cooperation between the USSR and Cuba.


It ain’t France vs. Croatia finals at the recent World Cup but still a lot of people to cheer up a weightlifting champ!

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Yury Vlasov (Stockholm, 1963)


History in Color:

Stockholm, September 13, 1963 – Yury Vlasov of Moscow, Russia competes in the 90+kg weight class at the 1963 World Championship in Stockholm.


Vlasov won his 4th world title with the 557.5kg total. He set 3 world records that night in September – in the clean-and-jerk (212.5kg) and two records in total.




1963 World Championship
Location: Stockholm, SWE
Weight Class: Super Heavyweight  [90+ kg]More Info On 1963 World Championship
Rank Athlete Results (kg)
1 Yury VLASOV,  Soviet Union 187.5+160+210 = 557.5
2 Norbert SCHEMANSKY,  United States 180+160+197.5 = 537.5
3 Leonid ZHABOTINSKY,  Soviet Union 170+157.5+200 = 527.5


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Team Army Wins the 1958 USSR Championships


History in Color:


Gorky, Russia (1958) – Team Army wins the 1958 USSR Championships at the 1958 USSR Cup in Gorky (left to right):


Alexander Bozhko (Team Army coach), Vladimir Stogov (56kg),

Fedor Bogdanovski (75kg), Viktor Lyakh (82.5kg),

Alexander Vinogradov (90kg), Yury Vlasov (90+kg).


There were 109 athletes and 13 clubs presented. In the1958 USSR Team Championships the Top 3 were:



  1. Team Army

  2. Team Trud

  3. Team Spartak

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Heavyweight Winners at the 1960 Olympics in Rome


History in Color:

September 10, 1960, Rome, Italy – Olympic weightlifting heavyweights receive the medals that they won in the 90+kg weight class in the last day of the weightlifting tournament at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome (left to right):


Jim Bradford (USA, 512.5kg total, silver medal), Yury Vlasov (USSR, 537.5kg total, gold medal), Norbert Schemansky (USA, 500kg total, bronze medal)


All three medalists are true legends of this sport and there were numerous History in Color feature photos and stories about them.


At the time of his big win in Rome, Yury Vlasov was 25. His bodyweight was 123.3kg and he won the Olympic gold with a world record total of 537.5kg (180+155+202.5). Vlasov managed to reach an unthinkable milestone for many years – he broke the world record in total (512.5kg) set by Paul Anderson (USA) in 1955.


31-year old U.S. heavy weight Jim Bradford of Washington, DC had a 122.5kg bodyweight and he won his second silver medal at his second Olympics. Previously, he won the 2nd place at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki. For Bradford, it was the last appearance at the international tournaments and he finished with a silver medal and all-time personal best total – 512.5kg (180+150+182.5).


For a 36-year old Olympic champion Norbert Schemansky, 108.5kg heavyweight from Detroit, MI it was the 3rd Olympics. He already won the silver in London (1948) and the gold in Helsinki (1952). At the 1960 Summer Olympics, Schemansky won a bronze medal with a 500kg (170+150+180) total.