History of Olympic Weightlifting
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One of the leading lifters in the world of the late 1960s and early 1970s, Kaarlo Kangasniemi (Finland) breaks the world record in snatch on his way to the Olympic gold medal of the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. Like most Finnish athletes of the era, Kangasniemi was extremely strong in the snatch lift. Unlike most of his country teammates of the time, Kangasniemi was also a powerhouse in the press and clean-and-jerk lifts.
* The Clip-O-Rama section of the Lift Up website presents an educational and research multimedia library of mini-clips featuring various oldtime Olympic lifters and events of the 20th century. The original footage is a courtesy of various media resources including Arthur Drechsler Collection (USA), British Pathe (Great Britain), Nicholas Curry Collection (USA), Geoff Fleming Collection (USA), Getty Images, Gosteleradio (Russia), International Olympic Committee, Robert Kabbas Collection (Australia), Frank Rothwell Collection (Ireland), John Way Collection (Australia), Weightlifting Exchange (USA) and more. Special thanks go to GoHeavy Olympic Weightlifting Forum for their help in preparation materials for the Clip-O-Rama.
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