Gennady Ivanchenko

Gennady Ivanchenko

Gennady Ivanchenko, the great Russian weightlifter, was the first light-heavyweight lifter ever to surpass the 500 kg total. This famous shot, taken by Tommy Kono, shows Ivanchenko doing snatch pulls at a training session prior to the 1971 Sr. European Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria (where he, unsurprisingly, took gold).  You can probably see why Ivanchenko's nickname was "The Robot."

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