February 15th, 2021

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Coaches and Athletes: Yury Vlasov and Suren Bogdasarov


Remembering Yury Vlasov (1935-2021)


History in Color:

September 10, 1960, Rome, Italy – 24-year old super heavyweight Yury Vlasov of Moscow, Russia, USSR brings into a spotlight his coach Suren Bogdasarov after a gold medal at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome.


Yury Vlasov just won a gold medal in the 90+kg weight class in the last day of the weightlifting tournament at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. His winning total was 537.5WR (180OR + 155OR+ 202.5WR). 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.


Suren Bogdasarov (1920-2009) was a prominent lifter of the 1940s and one of the most respectful coaches of the Red Army and national weightlifting teams. The cooperation between Vlasov and Bogdasarov remains one of the greatest examples of coach-and-athlete relationships in the history of this sport.


The partnership of Yury Vlasov and Suren Bogdasarov produced many World and European titles, Olympic medals and over 30 world records. Even more important – it turned into a true friendship between two talented individuals that lasted for many decades. Way after Yury Vlasov retired from weightlifting competitions and became a successful writer and then got involved into the politics.

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Club 500: Joe Dube (USA) Sets a New World Record in York, PA (1968)


February 15, 2021 – Happy Birthday to World Champion and Olympic medalist Joe Dube (USA)!

He turns 77 today.


History in Color:

March 23, 1968, York, PA, USA – 24-year old super heavyweight Joe Dube of Jacksonville, Florida sets a new world record in press (203.5kg) at the national meet in York.


Joe Dube (born in 1944) wais a super heavyweight super star of the 1960s and is one of all-time best U.S. super heavyweights. Joe shares the 6th place on the all-time and all-nations listing in the Club 500 with a 590kg (207.5+167.5+215) total that he reached in 1971. Since the elimination of press in 1972, the positioning in the Club 500 is eternal and stays for ever.


Joe Dube was very impressive on the competition platform. As a super heavyweight, he was big and powerful and, at the same time, he was very fast with his lifts. He was a World champion (1969), bronze medalist of the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City and a champion of the 1967 Pan American Games in Canada. He also lifted the top total at the 1967 Little Olympics in Mexico and, by bodyweight, finished second to Stan Batishev of the USSR on the medal stand.


Dune was a 6-x vice champion of the USA (1967-1971 и 1981) and  set two world records in press.