January 14th, 2021

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Gogi Gurgenyan at the Izmaylovo Weightlifting Hall (Moscow, 1983)


History in Color:

Moscow, Russia, USSR, October 1983 – Gogi Gurgenyan of Fergana, Uzbekistan is working on making his photo reports from the 1983 World and European Championships at the Izmaylovo Weightlifting Hall in Moscow.


As some of you might know, Gogi Gurgenyan’s photography portfolio includes thousands of original work from many national and internationals tournaments made from 1967 to nowadays. The photos were taken at the World and European Championships, Friendship Cups and USSR Championships and Cups. Those are five decades of Olympic weightlifting through the eyes of a brilliant photographer. Many of his photos were presented in my History in Color series featuring color versions and compilations of black-and-white originals from the past.


The cover photo today features Gogi Gurgenyan during the 1983 World and European Championships at the Izmaylovo Weightlifting Hall in Moscow.

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Club 500: Yury Yablonovsky (Ukraine, USSR)


History in Color:

December 25, 1970, Kiev, Ukraine, USSR – Yury Yablonovsky. heavyweight of the Avangard Club (Lugansk), competes in the 110kg weight class at the 1970 USSR Cup in Kiev.


It was the first USSR Cup held in the Soviet Union. By the end of the night, Yablonovsky finished with 527.5kg (182.5+155+190) total. It was the third best total in the heavyweight class and, based on the athletes bodyweight, Yablonovsky took the 4th place with Pavel Pervushin (Leningrad, Russia) and Yury Onishchenko (Lugansk, Ukraine) being awarded the 3rd and the 5th places respectively.


Yury Yablonovsky (1936-1979) was one of the top Soviet heavyweights from the late 1960s to 1970s. He was inducted into the famous international 500 Club with his personal best 3-lifts total of 560kg (190+160+210) lifted in Voroshilovgrad (September 1970).


In terms of all-time ranking, Yablonovski is No. 29 in the world and No. 17 in the USSR. In addition, he has the all-time first place among the heavyweights (110kg) in Ukraine. Since the press lift was officially cancelled in 1972, those rankings stay unchallenged and remain eternal.


Yablonovsky competed for the Avangard Club of Voroshilovgrad (Lugansk) and from 1967 to 1971 earned medals at the USSR Championships including 2 gold (1967, 1968) and 3 bronze medals (1969, 1970, 1971).


In 1967, he won a heavyweight title at the 1967 USSR Spartakiade and, in 1971, he took the 3rd place for Ukraine at the 1971 USSR Spartakiade.


In addition, Yablonovsky was a 4x Champion of Ukraine (1965, 1966, 1967, 1967).


He was a World record holder and set 7 USSR records and 27 records of Ukraine.


 

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Club 500: Nikolay Khoroshaev (Russia, USSR)


History in Color:

July 31, 1967, Moscow, Russia, USSR – 26-year old light heavyweight Nikolay Khoroshaev of Rostov-on-Don, Russia performs a press lift in the 82.5kg weight class at the 1967 USSR Spartakiade and Championships in Moscow.


Nikolay Khoroshaev (born in 1941) competed for the Army Team of Rostov-on-Don in the 82.5kg and 90kg weight classes. He was a solid national level Olympic weightlifter with a world class press lift. In his career, he managed to set 5 world record. All of them were press records.


At the 1967 USSR Spartakiade and Championships, Khoroshaev won a bronze medal in the 82.5kg class with 455kg (152.5+130+172.5) in total.


Nikolay Khoroshaev was a member of the Club 500 with his best personal 3-lift total of 515kg(180+140+195) in 1971. In the all-time and all-weightclasses rankings, he is No. 155 in the world and No. 91 in the USSR. Since the press lift was officially cancelled by the IWF in 1972, those rankings stay unchallenged and remain eternal.