Kalevi Lahdenranta (Finland)

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History in Color:

September 20, 1970, Columbus, OH, USA – Super heavyweight Kalevi Lahdenranta of Finland competes for the World title in the 110+kg class at the 1970 World Championships in Columbus.

Kalevi Lahdenranta (b. 1942) won the bronze medal at the 1970 World Championships with 577.5kg (195+172.5+210). Considering that Kalevi also won a sliver medal at the 1972 European Championships in Hungary, the year of 1970 was the most successful for him medals vise.

Lahdenranta was a 2x Olympian of Team Finland. He placed 7th both in 1968 (Mexico City) and in 1972 (Munich).

Kalevi Lahdenranta was a true master of the snatch lift. He set 4 world records in his career and all were in the snatch including his last record of 185kg in 1974.

By all means, Kalevi Lahdenranta was one of the strongest super heavyweights of his time in Olympic weightlifting. He was ranked as #7 overall in the world on the Club 500 listing. His personal best total was 590kg (203 + 178 + 210) achieved in June 1971 in Lahti.

7 Lahdenranta, Kalevi 590 1942 FIN 137 203 178 210 Lahti, FIN 1971.06.07
21 Leppa, Jouko 572.5 1943 FIN 144.8 205 157.5 210 Munich, FRG 1972.09.06
50 Kangasniemi, Kauko 545 1942 FIN 104 175 167.5 202.5 1969
52 Saarelainen, Hannu 545 1944 FIN 105 185 160 200 1971
57 Haara, Taito Kalevi 542.5 1942 FIN 109 193 150 200 1971
86 Kangasniemi, Kaarlo 530 1941 FIN 110 180 160 190 Lahti, FIN 1969.10.26
88 Lindroos, Mauno 530 1941 FIN 111 180 150 200 1971
166 Kunnas, Jarvo 512.5 1937 FIN 135 180 142.5 190 1970
200 Kailajärvi, Jaako 507.5 1941 FIN 110 178 142.5 187.5 1972

 

 

 

 

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