Arkady Vorobyov

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Olympic medal record
Competitor for  Soviet Union
Men's Olympic weightlifting
Olympic Games
Gold 1956 Melbourne -90 kg
Gold 1960 Rome -90 kg
Bronze 1952 Helsinki -82.5 kg

Arkady Nikitich Vorobyov (Russian: Аркадий Никитич Воробьёв; October 3, 1924 – December 22, 2012) was a Russian Soviet middle-heavyweight, who won two Olympic gold medals in weightlifting.[1]

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.

In 1995 he was elected member of the International Weightlifting Federation Hall of fame.[2]


  • The Anatomy of Strength (1986)
  • Principles in Achieving Preparation of the Athlete (1987)
  • Training of the Intellect (1989)
  • Training, Trainability, Re-adaptation (1989)

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Olympic Weightlifting Champion Vorobiev Dies | Sports | RIA Novosti". Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  2. ^ "Weightlifting Hall of Fame". International Weightlifting Federation. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-07. 

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