Leonid Taranenko

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Leonid Taranenko
Personal information
Born (1956-06-13) June 13, 1956 (age 58)
Malaryta, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union
Olympic medalist
Taranenko at Moscow Olympics, 1980
Medal record
Men's Weightlifting
Competitor for the  Soviet Union
Olympic Games
Gold 1980 Moscow 110 kg
World Weightlifting Championships
Bronze 1979 Saloniki 110kg
Gold 1980 Moscow 110kg
Silver 1987 Ostrava +110kg
Gold 1990 Budapest +110kg
European Weightlifting Championships
Gold 1980 Beograd 110kg
Silver 1985 Katowice +110kg
Silver 1986 Karl-Marx-Stadt +110kg
Gold 1988 Cardiff +110kg
Bronze 1990 Aalborg +110kg
Gold 1991 Wladyslawowo +110kg
USSR Weightlifting Championships
Bronze 1977 Ratov Na Donu 110kg
Gold 1979 Leningrad 110kg
Gold 1983 Moscow 110kg
Gold 1987 Arkhangelsk +110kg
Bronze 1989 Frunze +110kg
Summer Spartakiad of the Soviet Union
Gold 1979 Leningrad 110kg
Gold 1983 Moscow 110kg
Cup of the Soviet Union
Gold 1981 Donetsk 110kg Snatch
Gold 1981 Donetsk 110kg Total
Gold 1982 Moscow 110kg Snatch
Gold 1982 Moscow 110kg Clean and Jerk
Gold 1982 Moscow 110kg Total
Gold 1986 Lipetsk +110kg Snatch
Gold 1986 Lipetsk +110kg Clean and Jerk
Gold 1986 Lipetsk +110kg Total
Competitor for the Unified Team
Olympic Games
Silver 1992 Barcelona +110 kg
Competitor for  Belarus
European Weightlifting Championships
Gold 1996 Stavanger +110kg

Leonid Arkadevich Taranenko (Russian: Леонид Аркадьевич Тараненко, born June 13, 1956) is a former Soviet/Belarusian weightlifter.

Weightlifting career[edit]

Taranenko in 1986.

Taranenko trained at VSS Uradzhai in Minsk. His first major success took place at the 1980 Olympics, when, competing for the Soviet Union, he won the gold medal in the 110 kilogram class with a 422.5 kg total. He was unable to compete in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles due to the Soviet boycott. However, competing in the 1984 Friendship Games, Taranenko won the 110 kg class with a world record total of 442.5 kg, exceeding the winning total in Los Angeles (by Norberto Oberburger) by 52.5 kg.

After this, Taranenko moved up to the super-heavyweight class. Lifting in Canberra, Australia on November 26, 1988, he set a world record of 266.0 kg in the clean and jerk, and 475.0 kg in the total. Due to the restructuring of the competitive weight classes that took place in 1993 and 1998, these lifts are no longer recognized as the official world records. However, these remain the highest figures ever posted in competition.

In 1992, Taranenko represented the Unified Team at the Olympics in Barcelona. He took the silver medal in the super-heavyweight class with a total of 425.0 kg.

Taranenko's other victories include the 110 kg class titles at the 1980 World and European championships, and super-heavyweight titles at the 1990 World championship and 1988, 1991, and 1996 European championships.

Career bests[edit]

  • Snatch: 210.0 kg in the class over 110 kg
  • Clean and jerk: 266.0 kg (the largest amount ever lifted in competition, but no longer an official world record due to restructuring of weight classes)
  • Total: 442.5 kg (200.0 + 242.5) 1984 in Varna in the class to 110 kg
  • Total: 476.0 kg (210.0 + 266.0),[1] in Canberra, Australia on November 26, 1988, in the class over 110 kg.[2]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Taranenko lifted 476.0 kg in the total, but for the competition results, the weight was normalized to the standard interval of 2.5 kg.
  2. ^ "Leonid Taranenko". Lift Up. Retrieved 2009-07-27. 

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