Meet the Press in 1964


Continuing the Lift Up: History in Color series, the cover photo shows Team CCCP Weightlifting being interviewed by famous Soviet media personalities before the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Front row (left to right):
V. Kaplunov (67.5kg), L. Zhabotinsky (90+kg), D. Ivanov (The Soviet Sports Daily), R. Plyukfelder (82.5кg), А. Vorobyev (head coach), Y. Vlasov (90+кg), Reporter (?), V. Golovanov, 90кg);
Back row (left to right):
Massage Therapist (?), V. Kurentsov (75кg), S. Bogdasarov (coach), N. Ozerov (TV broadcaster), A. Vakhonin (56kg), A. Medvedev (coach)

In a few weeks, four of these athletes will become Olympic champions (see below) But at the moment, it’s not known. No need for a special “Smile” call. All participants seems to be in a good and happy mood. They are going to Tokyo to compete!

1964 Summer Olympics
Weight Class Name Total (kg)
56 Bantamweight Alexey VAKHONIN, Soviet Union 110+105+142.5OR = 357.5WR
60 Featherweight Yoshinobu MIYAKE, Japan 122.5OR+122.5OR+152.5WR = 397.5WR
67.5 Lightweight Waldemar BASZANOWSKI, Poland 132.5+135OR+165OR = 432.5WR
75 Middleweight Hans ZDRAZILA, Czechoslovakia 130+137.5OR+177.5WR = 445.5EWR
82.5 Light Heavyweight Rudolf PLUKFELDER, Soviet Union 150+142.5OR+182.5 = 475OR
90 Middle Heavyweight Vladimir GOLOVANOV, Soviet Union 165OR+142.5EOR+180 = 487.5WR
90+ Super Heavyweight Leonid ZHABOTINSKY, Soviet Union 187.5+167.5OR+217.5WR = 572.5OR

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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