July 17th, 2021

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Weightlifting Team in the Olympic Village in Tokyo, Japan

History in Color:

Tokyo, Japan, October 1964, – Team CCCP Weightlifting is being interviewed by famous Soviet media personalities in the 1964 Olympic village in Tokyo.

Front row (left to right):

Vladimir Kaplunov (67.5kg), Leonid Zhabotinsky (90+kg), Dmitry Ivanov (The Soviet Sports Daily, reporter), Rudolf Plyukfelder (82.5кg), Аrkady Vorobyev (head coach), Yury Vlasov (90+кg), Reporter (?), Vladimir Golovanov (90кg);

Back row (left to right):

Massage Therapist (?), Viktor Kurentsov (75кg), Suren Bogdasarov (coach), Nikolay Ozerov (TV broadcaster), Alexey Vakhonin (56kg), Alexey Medvedev (coach)

In a few weeks, four of these athletes will become Olympic champions (see below) But at the moment, it’s not known. No need for a special “Smile!” call. All participants seems to be in a good and happy mood. They are here in Tokyo to compete for Olympic gold!

1964 Summer Olympics
Location: Tokyo, JPN
Weight Class Name Total (kg)
56 Bantamweight Alexey VAKHONIN, Soviet Union 110+105+142.5OR = 357.5WR
60 Featherweight Yoshinobu MIYAKE, Japan 122.5OR+122.5OR+152.5WR = 397.5WR
67.5 Lightweight Waldemar BASZANOWSKI, Poland 132.5+135OR+165OR = 432.5WR
75 Middleweight Hans ZDRAZILA, Czechoslovakia 130+137.5OR+177.5WR = 445.5EWR
82.5 Light Heavyweight Rudolf PLUKFELDER, Soviet Union 150+142.5OR+182.5 = 475OR
90 Middle Heavyweight Vladimir GOLOVANOV, Soviet Union 165OR+142.5EOR+180 = 487.5WR
90+ Super Heavyweight Leonid ZHABOTINSKY, Soviet Union 187.5+167.5OR+217.5WR = 572.5OR

Note: To view a complete list of the winners in the weight classes above,

please follow the link associated with the weight class.

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Lightweight Winners in the 67.5kg Class at the 1958 Prize of Moscow

History in Color:

March 8, 1958, Moscow, Russia, USSR – Medal winners in the lightweight class are being presented with their awards at the 1958 Prize of Moscow International tournament in Moscow (left to right):

Vlktor Bushuev (USSR, 2nd place, 382.5kg), Chan Ju Huan (China, 1st place, 387.5kg), Ivan Abadzhiev (Bulgaria, 3rd place, 365kg)

All three medalists definitely belong to the list of milestone personalities in the history of Olympic weightlifting.

Chan Ju Huan was one of the world class level pioneers of this sport in China. He set several world records in the 1950s that were not listed as official records because China wasn’t a member of the International Weightlifting Federation until 1970s.

Viktor Bushuev was a brilliant lightweight from Gorky, Russia, USSR. He was a 3x World champion (1957-1959) and a 2x European Champion (1958-1959). In 1960, Bushuev won an Olympic gold in Rome with a world record total of 397.5kg.

Finally, the 3rd place was won by Ivan Abadzhiev. A year before the 1958 Prize of Moscow, Ivan Abadzhiev won the first medal ever for Bulgaria at the World Championships. It happened at the 1958 Worlds in Teheran. Later on in his career as a coach, Ivan Abadzhiev became a truly revolutionary figure. He authored a new training methodology and approach that brought outstanding results on the competition platform. During his two decades of work with the national Team Bulgaria and with Team Turkey (in the late 1990s), Ivan Abadzhiev prepared 12 Olympic champions, 13 silver Olympic medalists, 4 bronze Olympic medalists, 57 world champions, 64 European champions.


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Training Camp in Fergana, Uzbekistan

History in Color:

Team USSR Weightlifting (Head coach Alexander Prilepin, 1983) in the training camp in Fergana, Uzbekistan (left to right):

Front row:

Yurik Sarkisyan (60kg, Echmiadzin, Armenia), Yury Zakharevich (100kg, Dimitrovgrad, Russia);

Middle row:

Alexander Medoev (100kg, Tbilisi, Georgia), Yury Chernyshev (75kg. Ilovaysk, Ukraine), Vladimir Mikhalev (75kg, Minsk, Belarus), A. Lobachev (coach), Sergey Lee (Frunze, Kirgizia), Alexey Kolokoltsev (56kg, Kemerovo, Russia), Vladimir Lee (coach), Oxen Mirzoyan (56kg, Yerevan, Armenia), Bronislav Ryzhik (52kg, Zaporozhye, Ukraine), Amiran Chitatdze (75kg, Tbilisi, Georgia), Valentin Polonsky (52kg, Moscow, Russia), Kazaryan (?), Avset Avsetov (67.5kg, Moscow, Russia), Viktor Naumenkov (coach);

Top row:

Gennady Baldin (Team USSR massage therapist), Viktor Sots (100kg, Donetsk, Ukraine), S. Lelikov (USSR Sports Research Group), Alexander Pervy (82.5kg, Donetsk, Ukraine), Ivan Logvinovich (coach), Alexander Prilepin (Team USSR head coach), Vyacheslav Klokov (110kg, Moscow, Russia), Anatoly Pisarenko (110+kg, Kiev, Ukraine), V. Rudenko (?, coach), Leonid Taranenko (110+kg, Minsk, Belarus), Petr Alaev (coach), Ashot Vilasyan (coach), V. Kravchuk (110kg, Krivoy Rog, Ukraine), x (coach), Alexander Rykov (coach), Yury Nozdrin (Team USSR doctor), Yury Chimrov (110kg, Donetsk, Ukraine), Leonid Kaplun (110+kg, Mogilev, Belarus);