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Valery Shary

Full name: Valery Petrovich Shary
Original name: Валерий Петрович Шарий
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8.5 (174 cm)
Weight: 185 lbs (84 kg)
Born: January 2, 1947 in Chervyen, Minsk Voblast, Belarus
Affiliations: VS Minsk, Minsk (BLR)
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Weightlifting

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Valery Shary from Belarus took up weightlifting in 1964 and was selected to the Soviet national team in 1971 after winning the Soviet Cup in the light-heavyweight division. Shary first competed internationally at the 1972 Olympics, but failed to make a successful lift in the press. Aat the next Olympic Games, however, Shary was favored and did not disappoint, winning gold with an Olympic record. Shary was also the World and European light-heavyweight champion in 1975 and 1976. In 1978 Shary moved up to middle-heavyweight, but with less success, winning only silver in 1979 and bronze in 1980 at the Europeans. Domestically, Shary was Soviet light-heavyweight champion in 1975, 1977 and 1978 and Soviet middle-heavyweight champion in 1979. He also won the Soviet light-heavyweight cup in 1971 and Soviet middle-heavyweight cups in 1978 and 1979. Between 1971 and 1976 Shary set 14 light-heavyweight world records: one in the press, four in the snatch, three in the clean & jerk, and six in the total.

Shary retired from competition in 1980 after he was not selected for the Soviet Olympic team. During and after his sporting career Shary served in the Soviet Army and retired from the force as a major after Belarus became independent at the start of the 1990s. Shary has worked as a weightlifting coach in Belarus and took up weightlifting again, competing successfully in masters tournaments, becoming 2007 World heavyweight champion in the 60-64 age class.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Summer 25 München Weightlifting Men's Light-Heavyweight Soviet Union URS AC DNF
1976 Summer 29 Montréal Weightlifting Men's Light-Heavyweight Soviet Union URS 1 Gold OR

Men's Light-Heavyweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank K S/F
1972 Summer 25 München Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Final Standings AC
1972 Summer 25 München Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Military Press AC
1972 Summer 25 München Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Military Press Lift #1 AC 170.0 x
1972 Summer 25 München Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Military Press Lift #2 AC 170.0 x
1972 Summer 25 München Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Military Press Lift #3 AC 170.0 x
1976 Summer 29 Montréal Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Final Standings 1 365.0
1976 Summer 29 Montréal Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Snatch 1T 162.5
1976 Summer 29 Montréal Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Snatch Lift #1 AC 157.5 o
1976 Summer 29 Montréal Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Snatch Lift #2 AC 162.5 x
1976 Summer 29 Montréal Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Snatch Lift #3 AC 162.5 o
1976 Summer 29 Montréal Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Clean & Jerk 2 202.5
1976 Summer 29 Montréal Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Clean & Jerk Lift #1 AC 192.5 o
1976 Summer 29 Montréal Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Clean & Jerk Lift #2 AC 197.5 o
1976 Summer 29 Montréal Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Clean & Jerk Lift #3 AC 202.5 o
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