Aleksandr Kurlovich

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Aleksandr Kurlovich
Aleksandr Kurlovich.jpg
Born Aleksandr Nikolaevich Kurlovich
(1961-07-28)28 July 1961
Grodno, Soviet Union
Died 6 April 2018(2018-04-06) (aged 56) [1]
Grodno, Belarus
Nationality  Belarusian
Other names Alexander Kurlovich
Occupation Olympic weightlifting
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[2]
Weight 125 kg (276 lb)[2]
Olympic medal record
Men's weightlifting
Representing the  Soviet Union
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1988 Seoul +110 kg
World Weightlifting Championships
Silver medal – second place 1983 Moscow +110kg
Gold medal – first place 1987 Ostrava +110kg
Gold medal – first place 1989 Athens +110kg
Gold medal – first place 1991 Donaueschingen +110kg
European Weightlifting Championships
Silver medal – second place 1983 Moscow +110kg
Gold medal – first place 1989 Athens +110kg
Gold medal – first place 1990 Aalborg +110kg
USSR Weightlifting Championships
Gold medal – first place 1983 Moscow +110kg
Silver medal – second place 1984 Minsk +110kg
Silver medal – second place 1987 Arkhangelsk +110kg
Gold medal – first place 1989 Frunze +110kg
Gold medal – first place 1991 Donetsk +110kg
Representing the Olympic flag.svg Unified Team
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1992 Barcelona +110 kg
Representing  Belarus
Olympic Games
5th 1996 Atlanta +108kg
World Weightlifting Championships
Gold medal – first place 1994 Istanbul +108kg

Aleksandr Nikolaevich Kurlovich (Russian: Александр Николаевич Курлович, English Alternate: Alexander Kurlovich,[3] 28 July 1961 – 6 April 2018[1]) was a Belarusian weightlifter. He trained at Armed Forces sports society in Grodno[1].

In 2006 he was elected member of the International Weightlifting Federation Hall of Fame.[4] He was caught in 1984 entering Canada with $10,000 worth of anabolic steroids that he wanted to sell to fellow weightlifters.

Career[edit]

Kurlovich added twelve world records to his name[5]. Only the Iranian Behdad Salimi, Bulgarian Antonio Krastev, and the Georgian world-record holder Lasha Talakhadze ever raised more than his 215kg, while only four men ever managed to hit a higher weight than his 260kg. The total weight of 472.5kg, in which Kurlovich took the world title in 1987, was only surpassed by Talakhadze (twice), Hossein Rezazadeh (three times) and Russian Alexey Lovchev, caught on doping.[6]

Honors[edit]

Weightlifting achievements[edit]

  • Olympic champion (1988 and 1992);
  • Senior world champion (1987, 1989, 1991 and 1994);
  • Set twelve world records during his career.

Career bests[edit]

  • Snatch: 215.0 kg in Athens 1989 World Weightlifting Championships.
  • Clean and jerk: 260.0 kg in Ostrava 1987 World Weightlifting Championships.
  • Total: 472.5 kg (212.5 + 260.0) 1987 in Ostrava in the class more than 110 kg.[8]

Death[edit]

Kurlovich died on 6 April 2018 in Grodno, Belarus. He was 56.

Major results[edit]

Year Venue Weight Snatch (kg) Clean & Jerk (kg) Total Rank
1 2 3 Rank 1 2 3 Rank
Olympic Games
1988 South Korea Seoul, South Korea +110 kg 202.5 207.5 212.5 1 245.0 250.0 250.0 1 462.5 1st, gold medalist(s)
1992 Spain Barcelona, Spain +110 kg 195.0 200.0 205.0 1 237.5 245.0 250.0 1 450 1st, gold medalist(s)
1996 United States Atlanta, United States +108 kg 195.0 195.0 195.0 4 230.0 247.5 -- 7 425.0 5
World Championships
1983 Soviet Union Moscow, Soviet Union +110 kg 205.0 -- -- 2nd, silver medalist(s) 245.0 -- -- 2nd, silver medalist(s) 450.0 2nd, silver medalist(s)
1987 Czechoslovakia Ostrava, Czechoslovakia +110 kg 212.5 -- -- 2nd, silver medalist(s) 260.0 -- -- 2nd, silver medalist(s) 472.5 WR 1st, gold medalist(s)
1989 Greece Athens, Greece +110 kg 202.5 210.0 215.0 1st, gold medalist(s) 240.0 245.0 262.5 1st, gold medalist(s) 460.0 1st, gold medalist(s)
1991 Germany Donaueschingen, Germany +110 kg 195.0 202.5 205.0 1st, gold medalist(s) 237.5 250.0 262.5 1st, gold medalist(s) 455.0 1st, gold medalist(s)
1994 Turkey Istanbul, Turkey +108 kg 197.5 203.0 WR 205.0 WR 1st, gold medalist(s) 240.0 250.0 253.0 WR 1st, gold medalist(s) 457.5 WR 1st, gold medalist(s)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Ушел титан. В Гродно скончался знаменитый тяжелоатлет Александр Курлович (in Russian)
  2. ^ a b Aleksandr Kurlovich biography and Olympic Results
  3. ^ International Olympic Committee - Athletes
  4. ^ "Weightlifting Hall of Fame". International Weightlifting Federation. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-07.
  5. ^ "Статья на сайте Национального олимпийского комитета Республики Беларусь". Archived from the original on 2017-11-15. Retrieved 2018-04-08.
  6. ^ Aleksandr Kurlovich: I myself have been in the shoes of an athlete, and always on his side
  7. ^ National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus
  8. ^ "Aleksandr Kurlovich". Lift Up. Retrieved 2009-07-27.

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