Aleksandr Bukharov

Aleksandr Bukharov

The Soviet Union has a long history of weightlifting champions and one of the men at the very beginning was Aleksandr Bukharov, shown above snatching a globe barbell.  Bukharov was a 7-time Russian lifting champion from 1918-1926, setting 24 USSR records in the process in the featherweight class.  Bukharov was the very first weightlifting "Master of Sport" and the 15th Master of Sport ever awarded.

The fellow to the right was also a noted lifter Jan Sparre, the 11-time USSR champion between the years of 1918-1934.

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