History of Olympic Weightlifting
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Leonid Taranenko (b. 1956) is the athlete who lifted the heaviest weight of the 20th century. It happened in Canberra, Australia in 1988 and his clean and jerk of 266 kg set up a record challenge for decades to follow. The footage features his golden clean and jerk of 240 kilos at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow and the ground-breaking world record (265.5 kilos) set at the 1987 World Championship in Ostrava... More.
* 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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