Weightlifting in History

Events in Sport

  • 1891-03-28 1st world weightlifting championship held
  • 1922-04-29 1st official Intl Weightlifting Federation Champ (Tallinn, Estonia)
  • 1983-07-30 Weight lifter Sergei Didyk of USSR jerks a record 261 kg
  • 1984-06-01 Weightlifter Alexander Gunyashev of USSR snatches a record 211 kg

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1914-06-08 Joseph de Pietro, US, 56kg weightlifter (Olympic-gold-1948)
  • 1921-01-12 John Henry Davis Jr, weightlifter (Olym-gold-1948, 52), born in Smithtown, New York
  • 1924-10-03 Arkady Vorobyov, Russian weightlifter, (d. 2012)
  • 1929-06-29 Peter George, weightlifter (Oly-gold/2 silver-48, 52), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1930-06-27 Tommy [Tamio] Kono, weightlifter (Olympic gold 52, 60), born in Sacramento, California (d. 2016)
  • 1932-10-17 Paul Anderson, US, light super heavyweight lifter (Olympic-gold-1956)
  • 1935-06-01 James George, US, weightlifter (Olympic-silver-1960/bronze-1956)
  • 1935-12-05 Yury Vlasov, Soviet weightlifter
  • 1938-01-28 Leonid Zhabotynsky, Ukrainian weightlifter
  • 1941-12-23 Serge Reding, Belgian weightlifter (d. 1975)
  • 1942-01-07 Vasiliy Ivanovich Alekseyev, USSR, weightlifter (Olympic-gold-72, 76)
  • 1957-07-06 Mario Martinez, US Olympic weightlifter (Olympic-4th-1988), born in Salinas, California
  • 1958-01-10 Anatoly Pisarenko, Soviet weightlifter
  • 1958-09-17 Daniel Nunez, Cuba, weightlifter (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • 1961-07-28 Alexander Kurlovitch, Soviet weightlifter
  • 1963-01-18 Yury Zakharevich, Soviet weightlifter
  • 1964-06-18 Thanh Nguyen, Saigon Vietnam, 141 lbs US weightlifter (Olympics-1996)
  • 1967-01-23 Naim Suleymanoglu, Bulgaria, Turkish weight lifter (Oly-gold-1988)
  • 1969-02-01 Bryan Jacob, Palatka Fla, 59 kg (130 lbs) weightlifter (Oly-1992, 96)
  • 1969-07-13 Kakhi Kakhiashvili, Georgian-born Greek weightlifter
  • 1969-11-16 Thomas Ingalsbe, 238+ lbs (108+ kg) US weightlifter (Olympics-1996)
  • 1970-02-13 Vernon Patao, 141 lbs (64 kg) US weightlifter (alt-Olympics-1996)
  • 1970-04-01 Wes Barnett, 238lb (108kg) weightlifter (Oly-6th-92, 96), born in St Joseph, Missouri
  • 1970-04-10 Wesley Barnett, Oly weightlifter (Pan Am-silver-1987), born in St Joseph, Missouri
  • 1973-03-27 Serge Tremblay, La Malbaie Quebec, weightlifter (Olympics-96)
  • 1973-07-14 Halil Mutlu, Bulgaria-born Turkish weightlifter
  • 1974-04-11 Ashot Danielyan, Armenian weightlifter
  • 1974-09-04 Jean Lavertue, weightlifter (Olympics-96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1975-03-27 Tom Goegebuer, Belgian weightlifter
  • 1975-08-14 Viaceslav Ivanovski, Israel, Men's Weightlifting 99kg
  • 1978-05-12 Hossein Reza Zadeh, Iranian weightlifter
  • 1979-03-05 Tang Gonghong, Chinese weightlifter
  • 1981-08-28 Agata Wróbel, Polish weightlifter
  • 1982-08-15 Casey Burgener, American weightlifter
  • 1983-10-09 Jang Mi-Ran, South Korean weightlifter

Deaths in Sport

  • 1966-11-15 Dimitrios Tofalos, Greek weightlifter (b. 1877)
  • 1975-06-28 Serge Reding, Belgian weightlifter (b. 1941)
  • 2010-01-11 Joe Rollino, American strongman, weightlifter, and boxer (b. 1905)
  • 2012-12-22 Arkady Vorobyov, Russian weightlifter, dies at 88
  • 2013-03-28 Soraya Jiménez, Mexican weightlifter, dies from a heart attack at 70
  • 2016-04-24 Tommy [Tamio] Kono, American weightlifter (Olympic gold 52, 60), dies at 85