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Aleksandr Kurlovich

Full name: Aleksandr Nikolayevich Kurlovich
Original name: Александр Николаевич Курлович
Gender: Male
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
Weight: 276 lbs (125 kg)
Born: July 27, 1961 in Hrodna, Hrodna, Belarus
Affiliations: Spartak Hrodna, Hrodna (BLR) / SKA Hrodna, Hrodna (BLR)
Country: URS Soviet Union, EUN Unified Team, BLR Belarus
Sport: Weightlifting

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

Belarussian Aleksandr Kurlovich continued the Soviet dominance in the unlimited class and claimed the title of world's strongest man by winning the super-heavyweight class at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul and the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. Kurlovich took up weightlifting in 1973 and rose to the Soviet national team 10 years later. In that same year, Kurlovich first came to international prominence when he finished second at both the European and World Championships to his fellow Ukrainian Soviet, Anatoliy Pysarenko. In 198, he and Pysarenko were considered as the main favorites for Olympic super-heavyweight gold, but they missed the Olympics due to the Soviet boycott. At the Friendship Games, which were held by the nations that boycotted the 1984 Olympics, Kurlovich lost to Pysarenko, who lifted a world record 465.0 kg, by 2.5 kg but Kurlovich still lifted 50 kg more than the 1984 Olympic champion Dean Lukin.

Later in 1984, both Pysarenko and Kurlovich were arrested at Mirabel Airport in Montréal when customs officials searched their luggage and found anabolic steroids. The two were convicted by Canadian authorities and fined. Soviet officials dismissed them from the national team and stripped them of their status as “Masters of Sport,” thus losing all the funding and benefits. Pysarenko, three years senior to Kurlovich, decided to quit weightlifting and later became a successful businessman and president of the Ukrainian Weightlifting Federation, but Kurlovich worked his way back to the Soviet national team. Despite no funding and no support from Soviet sports officials, Kurlovich made it back to the national team in 1987 and returned stronger than ever. Kurlovich won the 1987 World Championship with a world record and repeated this victory in 1989, 1991, and 1994. He was also European super-heavyweight champion in 1989 and 1990. Domestically, Kurlovich was the Soviet super-heavyweight champion in 1983, 1989 and 1991, while taking silver in 1984 and 1987. During his career Kurlovich set 12 super-heavyweight world records: six in the snatch, two in the clean & jerk, and four in the total. In 2006 Kurlovich was elected to the International Weightlifting Federation Hall of Fame.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Weightlifting Men's Super-Heavyweight Soviet Union URS 1 Gold OR
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Weightlifting Men's Super-Heavyweight Unified Team EUN 1 Gold
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Weightlifting Men's Super-Heavyweight Belarus BLR 5

Men's Super-Heavyweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank K S/F
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Final Standings 1 462.5
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Snatch 1 212.5
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Snatch Lift #1 AC 202.5 o
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Snatch Lift #2 AC 207.5 o
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Snatch Lift #3 AC 212.5 o
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Clean & Jerk 1 250.0
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Clean & Jerk Lift #1 AC 245.0 o
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Clean & Jerk Lift #2 AC 250.0 x
1988 Summer 27 Seoul Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Clean & Jerk Lift #3 AC 250.0 o
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Weightlifting Unified Team EUN Final Standings 1 450.0
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Weightlifting Unified Team EUN Snatch 1 205.0
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Weightlifting Unified Team EUN Snatch Lift #1 AC 195.0 o
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Weightlifting Unified Team EUN Snatch Lift #2 AC 200.0 o
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Weightlifting Unified Team EUN Snatch Lift #3 AC 205.0 o
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Weightlifting Unified Team EUN Clean & Jerk 1 245.0
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Weightlifting Unified Team EUN Clean & Jerk Lift #1 AC 237.5 o
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Weightlifting Unified Team EUN Clean & Jerk Lift #2 AC 245.0 o
1992 Summer 30 Barcelona Weightlifting Unified Team EUN Clean & Jerk Lift #3 AC 250.0 x
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Weightlifting Belarus BLR Final Standings 5 425.0
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Weightlifting Belarus BLR Snatch 4 195.0
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Weightlifting Belarus BLR Snatch Lift #1 AC 195.0 x
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Weightlifting Belarus BLR Snatch Lift #2 AC 195.0 x
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Weightlifting Belarus BLR Snatch Lift #3 AC 195.0 o
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Weightlifting Belarus BLR Clean & Jerk 7 230.0
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Weightlifting Belarus BLR Clean & Jerk Lift #1 AC 230.0 o
1996 Summer 34 Atlanta Weightlifting Belarus BLR Clean & Jerk Lift #2 AC 247.5 x