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Arkady Vorobyov

Full name: Arkady Nikitich Vorobyov
Original name: Аркадий Никитич Воробьёв
Gender: Male
Height: 5'7" (169 cm)
Weight: 82-90 kg
Born: October 8, 1924 in Mordovo, Tambov, Russia
Died: December 22, 2012 in Moscow, Moskva, Russia
Country: URS Soviet Union
Sport: Weightlifting

Medals: 2 Gold, 1 Bronze (3 Total)

Biography

Arkady Vorobyov took up weightlifting while serving in the Soviet Navy on the Black Sea as a deep-sea diver. Vorobyov served in a unit which cleared mines from the sea. Vorobyov started weightlifting in the light-middleweight class and competed in that category until 1953. He won bronze at the 1952 Olympics, gold at the 1953 World championships, silver at the 1950 World Championships, golds at the 1950 and 1953 European Championships, and silver at the 1952 European Championships in that category. He also won the Soviet title in light-heavyweight for three consecutive years (1950-1952) and set five light-heavyweight world records – four in snatch and one in clean and jerk. In 1953 Vorobyov switched to middle-heavyweight class and was unbeatable at the Soviet Championships, winning seven titles in a row until he lost to Trofim Lomakin in 1960 and earned his only silver at the Soviet Championships. Vorobyov was nearly unbeatable in middle-heavyweight internationally as well. He won two Olympic golds (1956, 1960), was World champion four times (1954, 1955, 1957, 1958) and won silver in 1959 and bronze in 1961. Vorobyov was also three times European champion (1954, 1955, 1958), while taking silver in 1959 and bronze in 1961. He also set 21 middle-heavyweight world records – nine in snatch, three in clean and jerk, two in press, and seven in the total.

During his sporting career, Vorobyov studied psychology at the Sverdlovsk (now Yekaterinburg) Medical University, which he finished in 1962 with a Candidate of Medical Sciences degree and in 1970 he earned a Doctor of Medical Sciences degree. From 1977 until his retirement in 1991, he worked as a rector at the Moscow State Academy of Physical Culture. Vorobyov published over 200 scientific papers and wrote five textbooks about weightlifting. He also worked as head coach of Soviet national weightlifting team for many years. In 1995, Vorobyov was elected to the International Weightlifting Federation Hall of Fame.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Weightlifting Men's Light-Heavyweight Soviet Union URS 3 Bronze
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Weightlifting Men's Middle-Heavyweight Soviet Union URS 1 Gold WR
1960 Summer 35 Roma Weightlifting Men's Middle-Heavyweight Soviet Union URS 1 Gold WR

Men's Light-Heavyweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank K S/F
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Final Standings 3 407.5
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Military Press 5T 120.0
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Military Press Lift #1 AC 120.0 o
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Military Press Lift #2 AC 125.0 x
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Military Press Lift #3 AC 125.0 x
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Snatch 1T 127.5
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Snatch Lift #1 AC 127.5 o
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Snatch Lift #2 AC 132.5 x
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Snatch Lift #3 AC 132.5 x
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Clean & Jerk 2T 160.0
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Clean & Jerk Lift #1 AC 160.0 o
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Clean & Jerk Lift #2 AC 170.0 x
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Clean & Jerk Lift #3 AC 170.0 x

Men's Middle-Heavyweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank K S/F
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Final Standings 1 462.5
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Military Press 1 147.5
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Military Press Lift #1 AC 140.0 o
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Military Press Lift #2 AC 145.0 o
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Military Press Lift #3 AC 147.5 o
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Snatch 1T 137.5
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Snatch Lift #1 AC 137.5 o
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Snatch Lift #2 AC 142.5 x
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Snatch Lift #3 AC 142.5 x
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Clean & Jerk 1 177.5
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Clean & Jerk Lift #1 AC 170.0 o
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Clean & Jerk Lift #2 AC 175.0 o
1956 Summer 32 Melbourne Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Clean & Jerk Lift #3 AC 177.5 o
1960 Summer 35 Roma Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Final Standings 1 472.5
1960 Summer 35 Roma Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Military Press 2 152.5
1960 Summer 35 Roma Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Military Press Lift #1 AC 145.0 o
1960 Summer 35 Roma Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Military Press Lift #2 AC 150.0 o
1960 Summer 35 Roma Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Military Press Lift #3 AC 152.5 o
1960 Summer 35 Roma Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Snatch 1 142.5
1960 Summer 35 Roma Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Snatch Lift #1 AC 137.5 o
1960 Summer 35 Roma Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Snatch Lift #2 AC 142.5 o
1960 Summer 35 Roma Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Snatch Lift #3 AC 145.0 x
1960 Summer 35 Roma Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Clean & Jerk 1 177.5
1960 Summer 35 Roma Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Clean & Jerk Lift #1 AC 172.5 o
1960 Summer 35 Roma Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Clean & Jerk Lift #2 AC 177.5 x
1960 Summer 35 Roma Weightlifting Soviet Union URS Clean & Jerk Lift #3 AC 177.5 o