History of Olympic Weightlifting
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Valentin Khristov (Bulgaria)
was one of the first 'wonderkids' brought by Ivan Abadzhiev to the world elite lifting. The footage features his 237.5 kg clean-and-jerk at the 1975 World Championship in Moscow, USSR and his 175 kg snatch at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. In the first case, 19-year old Khristov won the world title and in the second one he won the Olympic gold medal in the 110 kg weightclass. His joy of Olympic victory didn't last long. He was disqualified because of the results of the positive drug testing.
* 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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