Yanko Rusev (Bulgaria) Wins a European Title and Sets 3 World Records in Varna

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  1. Kevin St. John says:

    I remember seeing results from this competition in International Olympic Lifter, a news letter here in the US, but they were all B&W photos. I think Blagoev was on the cover with an written article. I find it interesting that they had green 10Kg plates at this time. I had not seen many of them in use before this and in 1987 World Champs they used black !0Kg plates, also by Leoko. I would have expected it to be the other way around since the color coding had not been standardized yet, apparently. I also have a question about the Soviet bumper plates. Were the smaller plates like !0, 5, 2.5 and 1.25 all metal or were they also made of rubber? i ask because they had different radii compared to Eleiko or other sets that I would see in photos of that era. We have a company here in the US which sells all rubber change plates and they appear very similar in dimensions to those Sovet plates. Thank you.

    • achidlovski says:

      Hi Kevin:

      The original b/w photo obviously didn’t have colors on the plates. Green 10kg plates was my guess. I might have been wrong on it. This was actually the first time I saw the 10kilos of that diameter used in the elite international tournaments. The Soviet rubber plates of that time had the usual diameter used before in the older chrome plates (smaller than 15 and 20s). The 10s, 5s, 2.5s were yellow (like 15kg) and, as far as I remember, 1.25kg were a thin little white metal plates. I only lifted those in the competitions. In the gym, we used black rubber plates. We got them around 1981 or so.

      Regards,

      Arthur

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