Alberto Blanco (Cuba)

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History in Color:

March 16 1978, Moscow, Russia – Alberto Fernandez Blanco of Team Cuba performs a clean-and-jerk lift in the 100kg class at the 1978 Friendship Cup in Moscow.

Alberto Fernandez Blanco (b. 1950) was one of the best world class Cuban Olympic weightlifters of the 20th century.

Blanco was a 2x Olympian and competed for Cuba at the Summer Olympics in 1976 and 1980. He took the 6th place in the 90kg class in Montreal and won a bronze Olympic medal in the 100kg class in Moscow.

Besides his bronze medal at the 1980 Olympics, Alberto Blanco won 3 bronze medals at the World Championships (1977, 1979, 1978) and a silver medal at the 1975 Pan American Games.

In 1980, Blanco won the 1979 Pan American Games.

As for the cover photo, Alberto Blanco lifted a 365kg (162.5+202.5) total and it was the 4th result in the sub heavyweight at the 1978 Friendship Cup in Moscow.

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