Jaan Talts

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Jaan Talts
Jaan Talts 1972.jpg
Talts at the 1972 Olympics
Personal information
NationalityEstonian
Born (1944-05-19) 19 May 1944 (age 77)
Massiaru, Estonia
Height174 cm (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Sport
SportWeightlifting
Medal record
Representing the  Soviet Union
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1972 Munich -110 kg
Silver medal – second place 1968 Mexico City -90 kg
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1970 Columbus -110 kg
Gold medal – first place 1972 Munich -110 kg
Silver medal – second place 1968 Mexico City -90 kg
Silver medal – second place 1969 Warsaw -110 kg
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 1968 Leningrad -90 kg
Gold medal – first place 1969 Warsaw -110 kg
Gold medal – first place 1970 Szombathely -110 kg
Gold medal – first place 1972 Constanţa -110 kg

Jaan Talts (born 19 May 1944) is a former Estonian weightlifter. He competed for the Soviet Union at the 1968 and 1972 Olympics and won a silver and a gold medal, respectively. Throughout his career, Talts won two world and four European titles and set approximately 40 world records.[2][3]

Biography[edit]

As a teenager Talts trained in athletics, in throwing events. He took up weightlifting while studying at the Tihemetsa Technical College of Agriculture and Forestry. In 1967 he became the first middle-heavyweight weightlifter to break the 500 kg barrier in the total, and hence was named the best Soviet athlete of the year.[1]

After retiring from competitions Talts coached weightlifters in Estonia, and starting from 2007 headed the Estonian national weightlifting team. Between 1981 and 1988 he served as rector of the Estonian Sports Academy. Since 1989 he works with the Estonian National Olympic Committee in various positions.[1]

In 1995–1996 Talts was member of the Estonian parliament Riigikogu. In 1998 he was inducted into the International Weightlifting Federation hall of fame.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Jaan Talts. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ Jaan Talts. chidlovski.net
  3. ^ "Estonian Olympic Winners. Jaan Talts". Archived from the original on 1 June 2009. Retrieved 10 January 2009.
  4. ^ "Weightlifting Hall of Fame". International Weightlifting Federation. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 7 August 2008.

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Awards
Preceded by
Mart Vilt
Estonian Sportsman of the Year
1967–1970
Succeeded by
Vambola Helm
Preceded by
Vambola Helm
Estonian Sportsman of the Year
1972
Succeeded by
Ain Vilde