History of Olympic Weightlifting
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During the 1970s and 1980s, the world eyewitnessed the super rivalry between Team USSR and Team Bulgaria that produced many outstanding athletes and results. Bulgarians tended to dominate lighter weight classes and the Soviets settled for superiority in the heavier categories. Anton Kodzhabashev was one of the most prominent lifters that competed for Bulgaria in the early 1980s. He was ranked as number one bantamweight during the time.
* 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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