Gennady Chetin

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Gennady Chetin
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Personal information
Born 1 February 1943
Kudymkarsky District, Perm Oblast, Russia
Died 2002 (aged 59)
Height 151 cm (4 ft 11 in)
Weight 56 kg (123 lb)
Sport Weightlifting
Club Trud Perm
Coached by Rudolf Plyukfelder

Gennady Timofeyevich Chetin (Russian: Геннадий Тимофеевич Четин, 1 February 1943 – 2002) was a Russian bantamweight weightlifter. He competed at the 1968 and 1972 Summer Olympics and finished in fourth and third place, respectively.[1] He became a world champion in 1971 and set three ratified world records in the total: in 1968, 1971 and 1973.[2]

Chetin was born in a small village in the Urals. He took up weightlifting aged 16, when he lost his parents and was sent to an orphanage. In 1964 he moved from Perm to Yalta and then to Shakhty, to train under Rudolf Plyukfelder. The same year he finished third at the Soviet championships, and later returned to Perm. He won the national titles in 1968–69, 1971–72 and 1976.[1][3]

Chetin semi-retired between 1973 and 1976 to recover from alcoholism. In the late 1970s he moved from Perm to a friend in Uzbekistan. There he first worked as a farmer and ferryman, but then started competing in powerlifting and coaching the Uzbekistan weightlifting team. In 1992, aged 49, he won a European title and a bronze medal at the world powerliting championships. He died 10 years later.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b c "Gennady Chetin". sports-reference. Archived from the original on 13 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Gennady Chetin.
  3. ^ a b РАНИМАЯ СИЛА. (interviews in Russian)