Ivan Udodov

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Ivan Udodov
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Personal information
Born 20 May 1924
Gluboky, Rostov Oblast, Russia
Died 16 October 1981
Rostov, Russia
Sport Weightlifting
Club Dynamo Rostov

Ivan Vasilevich Udodov (Russian: Иван Васильевич Удодов, 20 May 1924 – 16 October 1981) was a Russian weightlifter who won an Olympic gold medal in 1952 and a world title in 1953, both in the bantamweight category (−56 kg). He then moved to the featherweight (−60 kg) class and won silver medals at the world championships of 1954 and 1955.[1] In 1952–54 Udodov set four world records: one in the press, one in the snatch, and two in the total.[2]

In 1941, when Udodov was 17, he was captured by the Germans and deported to the Buchenwald concentration camp. When he was freed in 1945, he weighed about 30 kg and could not walk on his own. He took up weightlifting to recover his strength, and already in 1949 finished second at the Soviet bantamweight championships. He won the national bantamweight title in 1950–1952. In 1954 Udodov switched to featherweight, and set two world records, but was less successful in competitions, and won only one national title in this division, in 1956. The same year he was not selected to the Olympic team due to an injury. He retired from competitions to become a truck driver and later a weightlifting coach in Rostov.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b Ivan Udodov Archived 18 April 2015 at the Wayback Machine.. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ IVAN UDODOV. chidlovski.net
  3. ^ Аптекарь, М.Л. "Иван Удодов — наш первый олимпийский чемпион" (in Russian). olympic-weightlifting.ru. Retrieved 31 March 2015.