Weightlifting in History

Events in Sport

  • 1891-03-28 1st world weightlifting championship won by Edward Lawrence in London, England
  • 1922-04-29 1st official International Weightlifting Federation Champ in Tallinn, Estonia
  • 1948-08-11 The weightlifting competition at the London Olympics concludes with the US (4) and Egypt (2) dominant, combining to win all of the 6 gold medals
  • 1956-11-26 American weightlifter Charles Vinci wins bantamweight gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics with world-record 3-lift (snatch, clean & jerk, overhead press) total of 342.5 kilograms
  • 1960-09-07 American weightlifter Charles Vinci wins 2nd consecutive bantamweight gold medal at the Rome Olympics with world-record equalling 3-lift (snatch, clean & jerk, overhead press) total of 345.0 kilograms
  • 1983-07-30 Weight lifter Sergei Didyk of USSR jerks a record 261 kg
  • 1984-06-01 Russian super heavyweight weightlifter Alexander Gunyashev snatches world record 211 kg
  • 2008-08-16 South Korean weightlifter Jang Mi-Ran wins the women's unlimited (+75 kg) division at the Beijing Olympics by breaking world records 5 times: once in snatch, twice in clean-and-jerk, and twice in total
  • 2008-08-18 Belarus weightlifter Andrei Aramnau breaks 3 world records, for the snatch, clean & jerk, and total, on the way to winning the men's 105kg gold medal at the Beijing Olympics
  • 2016-08-09 Chinese weightlifter Deng Wei sets a world record of 147kg in the clean & jerk, and another for a total score of 262kg, to win the women's 63kg gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • 2016-08-10 Weightlifter Nijat Rahimov of Kazakhstan sets a world record 214kg in the clean & jerk, and finishes with 379kg overall, to win the gold medal in the men's 77kg at the Ro de Janeiro Olympics
  • 2016-08-16 Georgian weightlifter Lasha Talakhadze sets a world record of 473 total kilograms to win the men's +105kg gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • 2018-03-10 Two girls aged 8 and 6 become the first female weightlifters to appear on Iranian television after a protest

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1908-04-21 Louis Hostin, French weightlifter (Olympic gold 1932, 36), born in Saint-Étienne, France (d. 1998)
  • 1914-06-08 Joseph de Pietro, American 56kg weightlifter (Olympic gold 1948), born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 1999)
  • 1921-01-12 John Henry Davis Jr, American weightlifter (Olym-gold-1948, 52), born in Smithtown, New York
  • 1924-10-03 Arkady Vorobyov, Russian weightlifter (Olympic gold 1956, 60), born in Mordovo, Tambov Oblast, Russia (d. 2012)
  • 1928-09-06 Rudolf Plyukfelder, Soviet light heavyweight lifter (Olympic gold 1964), born in Novoorlivka, Ukraine
  • 1928-11-01 James Bradford, American heavyweight weightlifter (Olympic silver 1952, 56), born in Washington, D.C. (d. 2013)
  • 1929-06-29 Pete George, American weightlifter (Olympic gold/2 silver-48, 52), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1930-06-27 Tommy [Tamio] Kono, American weightlifter (Olympic gold 1952, 60), born in Sacramento, California (d. 2016)
  • 1932-10-17 Paul Anderson, American light super heavyweight lifter (Olympic gold 1956)
  • 1933-02-28 Charles Vinci, American weightlifter (Olympic bantamweight gold 1956, 60), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2018)
  • 1935-06-01 Jim George, American weightlifter (Olympic silver light heavyweight 1960; bronze 1956; WR snatch, clean & jerk 1956), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1935-12-05 Yury Vlasov, Soviet weightlifter and writer, born in Makeyevka, Ukrainian SSR
  • 1938-01-28 Leonid Zhabotynsky, Ukrainian weightlifter
  • 1941-12-23 Serge Reding, Belgian weightlifter, born in Auderghem, Belgium (d. 1975)
  • 1942-01-07 Vasiliy Ivanovich Alekseyev, USSR, weightlifter (Olympic gold 1972, 76)
  • 1948-07-26 Norair Nurikian, Armenian-Bulgarian bantam weightlifter (Olympic gold 1972, 76), born in Sliven, Bulgaria
  • 1956-12-04 Blagoi Blagoyev, Bulgarian weightlifter (World C'ship gold - 90kg 1991, 92, 93; Olympic silver - 82.5kg 1976), born in Veliki Preslav, Bulgaria
  • 1957-07-06 Mario Martinez, US Olympic weightlifter (Olympic-4th-1988), born in Salinas, California
  • 1958-01-10 Anatoly Pisarenko, Soviet weightlifter, born in Kiev, Ukraine
  • 1958-09-17 Daniel Nunez, Cuba, weightlifter (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1961-07-28 Alexander Kurlovitch, Soviet weightlifter
  • 1963-01-18 Yury Zakharevich, Soviet weightlifter, born in Tver Oblast, Russia
  • 1964-06-18 Thanh Nguyen, Saigon Vietnam, 141 lbs US weightlifter (Olympics 1996)
  • 1967-01-23 Naim Suleymanoglu, Turkish weight lifter (Olympic gold 1988), born in Ptichar, Bulgaria (d. 2017)
  • 1969-07-13 Kakhi Kakhiashvili, Georgian-born Greek weightlifter
  • 1969-11-16 Thomas Ingalsbe, 238+ lbs (108+ kg) US weightlifter (Olympics 1996)
  • 1970-04-10 Wesley "Wes" Barnett, American Olympic weightlifter (Pan Am-silver-1987), born in St Joseph, Missouri
  • 1971-06-12 Mark Henry, American 238+lbs (108+kg) weightlifter, born in Silsbee, Texas
  • 1973-03-27 Serge Tremblay, Canadian weightlifter (Olympics 1996), born in La Malbaie, Canada
  • 1973-07-14 Halil Mutlu, Bulgaria-born Turkish weightlifter
  • 1974-04-11 Ashot Danielyan, Armenian weightlifter, born in Yerevan, Armenia
  • 1974-09-04 Jean Lavertue, Canadian weightlifter (Olympics 1996), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1975-03-27 Tom Goegebuer, Belgian weightlifter, born in Belgium
  • 1975-08-14 Viaceslav Ivanovski, Israeli weightlifter, born in Novosibirsk, Russia
  • 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 (Olympic gold 2008), born in Gangwon, South Korea

Deaths in Sport

  • 1966-11-15 Dimitrios Tofalos, Greek weightlifter (b. 1877)
  • 1975-06-28 Serge Reding, Belgian weightlifter (b. 1941)
  • 1998-06-29 Louis Hostin, French weightlifter (Olympic gold 1932, 36), dies at 90
  • 2010-01-11 Joe Rollino, American strongman, weightlifter, and boxer (b. 1905)
  • 2012-12-22 Arkady Vorobyov, Russian weightlifter (Olympic gold 1956, 60), dies at 88
  • 2013-03-28 Soraya Jiménez, Mexican weightlifter, dies from a heart attack at 70
  • 2013-09-13 James Bradford, American heavyweight weightlifter (Olympic silver 1952, 56), dies at 84
  • 2016-04-24 Tommy [Tamio] Kono, American weightlifter (Olympic gold 1952, 60), dies at 85
  • 2018-06-13 Charles Vinci, American weightlifter (Olympic bantamweight gold 1956, 60), dies at 85