The Lift Up: History in Color series:
Mukharby Kirzhinov is competing in the 67.5 kg weight class at the 1973 national championship in Donetsk.
Kirzhinov was an Olympic champion of 1972, World champion (1972, 1973), European champion (1973, 1974), USSR champion (1971, 1973-1975), champion of Spartakiada in 1971 and 1975. He set 6 World records and was the best Soviet lightweight of the first half of the 1970s.
The 67.5kg class was usually a tough one for the Soviets to compete for medals in. Kirzhinov was a clutch lifter and managed to win over very tough opponents like Waldemar Baszanowsky, Zbigniew Kaczmarek (both of Poland), Mladen Kuchev of Bulgaria, Nasrollah Dehnavi of Iran and more.