History of Olympic Weightlifting
The Lift Up project is brought to you by chidlovski.com.
World Championship, Moscow, 1983: 21 year old rookie of the national Team USSR Viktor Solodov lifts 230 kg in the 4th attempt in cj and sets the new world record in the 90kg weight class. Like many other talented athletes of the 1980s, Solodov was robbed of the gold Olympic medal by politicians due to the boycott of the 1984 Olympics. He won the alternative 1984 Friendhip Cup in Varna, Bulgaria by beating legendary Blagoy Blagoev with the world record 422.5 kg in total.
* 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.
Back to Lift Up project