History of Olympic Weightlifting
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Sultan Rakhmanov (USSR) was the strongest super heavyweight in the world for a short but sweet period of time in the interim between the "kingdom" of legendary Vasily Alexeev and the "new kids on the block" - Pisarenko, Kurlovich, Krastev, Gunyashev and Co. who literally stormed the podium with a cascade of world records in the first half of the 1980s. Rakhmanov's rock solid win of the gold medal at the 1980 Olympics was the climax of his career in sport.
* 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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