Podolsk, August 1963


While preparing for the 1964 Summer Olympic in Tokyo, Team CCCP weightlifting gathered in August 1963 in Poldolsk training camp.

Most athletes on the photo just finished competing at the 3rd Soviet Spartakiade and the 1963 USSR National Championship that were held in Moscow in the end of July.

Top row (L-R):
Yevgeny Minaev (60kg, Army, Moscow), Mikhail Aptekar (ref.), Viktor Bushuev (67.5kg, Trud, Gorky), Aloizas Rachkauskas (75kg, Zalgiris, Vilnus) Rudolf Plukfelder (82.5kg, Trud, Shakhty), Leonid Zhabotinsky (102.5+kg, Army, Zaporozhye), Vladimir Kaplunov (67.5kg, Army, Khabarovsk), Eduard Brovko (90kg, Spartak, Dnepropetrovsk), Viktor Marzagulov (56kg, Trud, Kuybyshev), M. Kazakov (doctor), Vladimir Belyaev (75kg, Army, Kiev)
Front row (L-R):
Alexey Vakhonin (56kg, Trud, Shakhty), Yevgeny Katsura (60kg, Army, Kazan), Arkady Vorobyev (head coach), Yakov Kutsenko (coach), M. Muromtsev (coach), Viktor Lyakh (90kg, Trud, Rostov), P. Sibiryakov, Alexander Kurynov (75kg, Burevestnik, Kazan)

Two other candidates to the Olympic team, Sergey Lopatin (67.5ks, Army, Moscow) and Yury Vlasov (102.5+kg, Army, Zaporozhye) didn’t participate in the photo session. Digital enhancement  of the original photo in Podolsk was done by Arthur Chidlovski for the Lift Up.

In a year, Alexey Vakhonin, Rudolf Plukfelder and Leonid Zhabotinsky will become Olympic champions in Tokyo.

But at the moment, all are resting after the national championship and hoping to make the final cut to go to the 1964 Summer Olympics.

USSR Championships

USSR Championships1963 Championship
Official Part of the III SPARTAKIADE of the USSR
7/27/1963 – 7/31/1963
Host: Moscow, Russia Arena: Shakhter Sports Hall
Number of Athletes: 316
Main Referee: V. Simakov Secretary: I. Kasyanov


Weight Class Name Total (kg)
52 Flyweight Vladimir SMETANIN, Army  Sverdlovsk 295
56 Bantamweight Alexey VAKHONIN, Trud  Shakhty 332.5
60 Featherweight Yevgeny MINAEV, Army  Moscow 365
67.5 Lightweight Vladimir KAPLUNOV, Army  Khabarovsk 407.5
75 Middleweight Aloizas RACHKAUSKAS, Zhalgiris  Vilnus 427.5
82.5 Light Heavyweight Rudolf PLYUKFELDER, Trud  Shakhty 465
90 Middle Heavyweight Eduard BROVKO, Spartak  Dnepropetrovsk 465
102.5 Heavyweight Robert SHEIERMAN, Army  Sverdlovsk 475
102.5+ Super Heavyweight Yury VLASOV, Army  Moscow 542.5

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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