:: 10/25/2013: Arthur Chidlovski, Boston MA, USA
Mr. Salemi: Please read my answer below. It covers the answers to your second round of questions. If you have further questions regarding this matter, lets take it off-site. You can always email me directly @ arthur[at]chidlovski.com
:: 10/12/2013: James Salemi, Melrose Park Illinois, USA
Dear Mr. Chidlovski: Thank You very kindly in your reply concerning (in my humble opinion), the 'Greatest Middleweight' (Hands Down), in Olympic Weightlifting History, Mr. Viktor Kurentsov. I must politely respond in rebuttal to your reply. Thank You in informing 'Lift Up' participants Viktor's induction into the IWF Hall of Fame. But specifically, Why not your 'subjective' Hall of Fame list also? Secondly, like the Greatest Ukrainian ever, Leonid Zhabotinsky (Viktor's teammate), you post the Soviet and Ukrainian flag by his name as he was native born Ukrainian. Since Viktor is native born Belarussian, his recognition should relflect the same as Leonid. That is, Soviet Flag and native born flag, (Belarus). Merely competing for Soviets is not competing for Russia. Just as Yuri Vardanian, the Greatest Light-Heavyweight ever, you posted the Soviet Flag next to the Armenian Flag. Like most Americans, they believe Soviet, whether it be military or sport, is 99.9% Russian. It's not. Thank You.
:: 10/8/2013: Arthur Chidlovski, Boston MA, USA
To Mr. Salemi: My apologies to a belated reply to your comment (s). In terms of your opinion on induction of Viktor Kurentsov to the IWF Hall of Fame, you are absolutely correct. In terms of changing the flag to Belarus, I would argue that Kurentsov actually competed during his career for the SKA Khabarovsk (Army, Russia). He was born in Belarus but lifted for Russia in the USSR. And nowadays he lives in the suburbs of Moscow. There are many cases like this. For example, Yury Vlasov was born in Ukraine, but lifted on the USSR nationals for Moscow, Russia. Thanks.
:: 10/6/2013: James Salemi, Melrose Park Illinois, USA
10/6/13 James Salemi, Melrose Park, Illinois (USA). Dear Mr. Mal Irwin i'm very much aware about the eternal greatness of the greatest middleweight ever, The Belarussian, Viktor Kurentsov. Kindly, direct those corrective comments to Mr. Arthur Chidlovski to help enlighten him to as i advised in 9/22/13. That is, to place Mr. Kurentsov into his personal, 'Hall of Fame.' Further, to remove the Russian flag as he's Belarussian. The Soviet athletic 'juggernaut' Olympic Teams would be half their strength with only Ukraine and Belarus removed from participation. So, since i'm a 'pawn' here Mr. Irvin, direct your comments to the 'King' Mr. Chidlovski referencing again, the 'Greatest Middleweight Ever' (HANDS DOWN), the most blessed and mighty Viktor Kurentsov!!!! As a point of inquiry for anybody out there, is Viktor Kurentsov in the 'Official International Weightlifting Hall of Fame?' If not, this is a complete lack of his recognition, unto an 'athletic' tragedy that must be corrected.
:: 9/25/2013: Mal Irwin, Brisbane Qld, Australia
To James Salemi: In Team Russia, V Kurentsov has more world championships than several USSR lifters listed in Hall of Fame.
I remember that Medvedev was quoted in Strength and Health or possibly Iron Man as saying that 'the results of giants like Kurentsov and Zhabotinsky form the basis of the research that will bring up the next generation of lifters'. Someone stole my collection of S&H years ago so I can't confirm that.
:: 9/22/2013: James Salemi, Melrose Park Illinois, USA
Dear Mr. Chidlovski: I just want to kindly and professionally remind you, 'Why hasn't the GREATEST middleweight been place on your 'Hall of Fame List.' ' Your website is phenomenal!!! I say this in the spirit of my coaching and competing in it, but mostly in AWE of truly, the GREATEST athletes ever!!! Also, kindly remove the Russian flag by Mr. Kurentsov's name and re-pplace with the flag of autonomous BELARUS. Thank You. Waiting for the required changes. James Salemi, Melrose Park, Illinois, USA
:: 10/2/2012: Mal Irwin, Brisbane QLD, Australia
Kurentsov made his 3rd snatch at the Mexico Olympics. S&H reported Medvedev gave a strong pep talk after the second miss.
:: 5/2/2012: Mal Irwin, Brisbane QLD, Australia
I always figured his lifts improved most after the contest with Waldemar Bazanowski in 1966. The press especially. I agree about the Hall of Fame.
:: 7/11/2011: James Salemi, Melrose Park Illinois, USA
Viktor Kurentsov was totally dominant in the 60's as a middleweight. Won only one less world championship than Rigert while winning a silver '64&gold '68. Rigert gold only once '76. Greatest middleweight ever (75kg) MUST be on your Hall of Fame List!!!
:: 11/19/2009: Gioacchino Ricci, Rome , Italy
Seems to me that his record of 187.5 in the C&J in 1968 was record also for the light heavyweight class!
Neither Vardanian broke a world record for the superios class of weight, even he did for the olympic records
:: 8/16/2007: SURRINER S. Dhah, Fresno ca., U.S.A.
VICTOR kURENTSOV and his team mate V.Kaplunov, light weight, were very close friends. Kurentsov introduced his wife's sister to Kaplunov, and he married her, and became Kurentsov' brother-in-law.
:: 8/16/2007: SURRINER S. Dhah, Fresno ca., U.S.A.
VICTOR kURENTSOV and his team mate Kaplunov, light weight, were very close friends. Kurentsov introduced his wife's sister to Kaplunov, and he married her, and became Kurentsov' brother-in-law.
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