Featherweight Katsura


History in Color:
Eugene Katsura of the Army Club, Moscow competes in the 60kg weight class at the 1964 USSR Championship in Kiev, Ukraine.

Eugene Katsura (1937-1967) was a strong Soviet feather and lightweight athlete.

His forte was the Olympic press lift. In his career, he set 7 world records in press and 2 in total of 3 lifts.

Katsura won medals at the World Championships in 1962 (silver) and in 1966 (gold), at the European Championships in 1962 (silver), 1964 (gold), 1966 (gold). In 1961-1966, he consistently won gold and silver medals at the USSR Championships including gold medals in 1962, 1964 and 1966.

The life of Eugene Katsura had a sad and tragic ending. At the age of 29, former weightlifting champion committed a suicide while serving as an officer in the Soviet Army.


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