Kaarlo Kangasniemi in Mexico City


The Lift Up:History in Color series:

Legendary Finnish Olympic weightlifter Kaarlo Kangasniemi lifting in the snatch part of the 1968 Summer Olympics in the 90kg weight class in Mexico City.

27-year old Kangasniemi won the gold medal that night with the 517.5 kg total (172.5+157.5+187.5)

My best results in the 90 kg weight class were press – 180 kg, snatch – 162.5 kg, clean-and-jerk – 196 kg. In the 82.5 kg class, my personal best were press – 165 kg, snatch – 157.5 kg and clean-and-jerk 190 kg. In terms of squats, I did 250×5 back squats and 230×5 front squat in the 82.5 kg class.
Kaarlo Kangasniemi in the interview ti Lift Up

Kaarlo Kangasniemi at Ligt Up

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2 Responses

  1. thanasis fotiou says:

    I am from Greece , and watch your wonderfull site about 10 years. it is a miracle espesially with the old athletes and the bird watching. here in greece we have a strong tradition in weightlifting and the traditional cage birds [ greenfinch, goldfinch etc. i have the honor of being president of the athletic club sporting Pileas , and have live the growth of our female athlete Harikleia Kastritsi , with trainer Dimitris Ioannidis , now head coach of paralympic weightlifting natioal team. Again congratulations

    • achidlovski says:

      Thank you so much for you kind words, Thanasis!
      10 years?!. That’s alot!
      The birds photography is a relatively new hobby of mine. I started to make pictures of the birds about 3 years ago and really enjoy it :-)

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