Pioneers of Soviet Weightlifting


This is a digitally enhanced version of weightlifting Team CCCP in Kharkov in 1947.

Top row (left to right): Roman Moroz, Vladimir Pushkarev (Moscow, 1921-1994), George Popov (Kiev, 1912-1984), Nikolay Laputin (Kiev, 1913-1986), Nikolay Shatov (Moscow, 1909-1992), Alexander Bukharov (Moscow, 1892-1952), Yakov, Kutsenko (Kiev, 1915-1988). Vladimir Svetilko (Batumi, 1917), Grigory Malikov,  Sergey (massage therapist ), Nikolay Luchkin,  Deshin (doctor), Konstantin Nazarov (Moscow, 1905-1996);

Bottom row (left to right): Dmitry Polyakov (Moscow, 1905-1965), Suren Bogdasarov (Tashkent, 1920-2009), Moisey Kasyanik (Tbilisi, 1911-1988), Evgeny Lapatin (Saratov, 1917-2011), Ivan Azdarov (Yerevan. 1916-1993), Mitrofan Kosyrev (Moscow, 1911-2005), Laftula Kashaev (Tashkent), Alexander Donskoy (Kiev, 1913-1956), Alexander Bozhko (Moscow, 1915-1977), Yury Duganov (Leningrad,  1921-2012).

Note: For more information, please follow the link associated with the name in the caption.

In my opinion, it’s a brilliant snapshot of weightlifting personalities in the 1940s.

The photographer managed to get together literally the founding fathers that created the foundation of the Soviet weightlifting for the next 50 year of its glorious history.

It was  only two years after World War II. Most of them just came from the service.

In the next few decades, some of them will soon win Olympic  and world titles. Some will coach next generations of champions.

Some will write weightlifting textbooks. Some become world famous sports scientists.

It was the crème de la crème of Soviet Olympic weightlifting in one photo.


USSR Weightlifting in 1947

USSR Championships

1947 Championship
6/13/1947 – 6/15/1947
Host: Moscow, Russia Arena: Dynamo Tennis Stadium
Number of Athletes: 150
Main Referee: A. Tarasov Secretary: A. GlassonGOLD MEDALS

Weight Class Name Total (kg)
56 Bantamweight Alexander DONSKOY, Spartak  Kiev 295
60 Featherweight Yevgeny LOPATIN, Dynamo  Saratov 312.5
67.5 Lightweight George POPOV, Spartak  Kiev 342.5
75 Middleweight Nikolay SHATOV, Dynamo  Moscow 370
82.5 Light Heavyweight Laftulla KASHAEV, Dynamo  Tashkent 377.5
82.5+ Super Heavyweight Yakov KUTSENKO, Lokomotiv  Kiev 437.5

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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