|Olympic medal record|
|Competitor for Soviet Union|
|Men's Olympic weightlifting|
|Gold||1956 Melbourne||-90 kg|
|Gold||1960 Rome||-90 kg|
|Bronze||1952 Helsinki||-82.5 kg|
Arkady Vorobyov was born in the village of Mordovo, Tambov Oblast. He took part in the German-Soviet War, serving in the Marines. After the war he worked on the restoration of the Odessa sea port and cleared the adjoining area of water of mines as a diver. There Vorobyov got acquainted with the weightlifting, the first competition being the weightlifting championship of the sea port. He trained at Armed Forces sports society.
He was the World Champion in 1953-55, 1957 and 1958, European Champion in 1950, 1953–55, 1958, competing in the light-heavyweight and middle-heavyweight categories. Between 1950 and 1960 Vorobyov set 26 World Records in weightlifting.
He was a member of the CPSU between 1954 and 1991.
Vorobyov was not just a sportsman, but also a remarkable scientist. During his sports career he graduated from the Medical Institute; defended a dissertation for the Candidate of Science degree afterwards, in 1962. In 1970 he defended a dissertation for the Doctor of Medical Science degree at the Institute of Aviation and Space Medicine in Moscow. Since 1977 Vorobyov was the rector of the Moscow Oblast Institute of Physical Culture and Sports.
Notes and references
- "Olympic Weightlifting Champion Vorobiev Dies | Sports | RIA Novosti". En.rian.ru. Retrieved 2012-12-24.
- "Weightlifting Hall of Fame". International Weightlifting Federation. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-07.