Leonid Taranenko

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Leonid Taranenko
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Taranenko (center) at Moscow Olympics, 1980
Personal information
Born (1956-06-13) June 13, 1956 (age 60)
Malaryta, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union

Leonid Arkadevich Taranenko (Russian: Леонид Аркадьевич Тараненко, born June 13, 1956) is a former Soviet/Belarusian weightlifter. His 266 kg clean and jerk in 1988 is still the largest amount ever lifted in competition, though no longer an official world record due to restructuring of weight classes.

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]

Major result[edit]

Year Venue Weight Snatch (kg) Clean & Jerk (kg) Total Rank
1 2 3 Rank 1 2 3 Rank
Olympic Games
1980 Soviet Union Moscow, Soviet Union 110 kg 182.5 182.5 190 2 220 235 240 1 422.5 1st
1992 Spain Barcelona, Spain +110 kg 187.5 187.5 -- 2 232.5 237.5 242.5 2 425 2nd
1996 United States Atlanta, United States +108 kg -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
World Championships
1979 Greece Thessaloniki, Greece 110 kg 182.5 2nd 220 5 402.5 3rd
1980 Soviet Union Moscow, Soviet Union 110 kg 182.5 182.5 190 2nd 220 235 240 1st 422.5 1st
1985 Sweden Södertälje, Sweden +110 kg 185 3rd 232.5 5 417.5 4
1986 Bulgaria Sofia, Bulgaria +110 kg 200 2nd -- -- --
1987 Czechoslovakia Ostrava, Czechoslovakia +110 kg 202.5 3rd 265 1st 467.5 2nd
1990 Hungary Budapest, Hungary +110 kg 195 1st 255 1st 450 1st
1993 Australia Melbourne, Australia +110 kg 185 190 195 4 232.5 242.5 -- 5 422.5 4
European Championships
1980 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Belgrade, Yugoslavia 110 kg 190 1st 230 1st 420 1st
1985 Poland Katowice, Poland +110 kg 185 2nd 230 1st 415 2nd
1986 East Germany Karl-Marx-Stadt, East Germany +110 kg 195 2nd 242.5 1st 437.5 2nd
1988 United Kingdom Cardiff, United Kingdom +110 kg 207.5 1st 255 2nd 462.5 1st
1990 Denmark Ålborg, Denmark +110 kg 205 2nd 247.5 3rd 452.5 3rd
1991 Poland Władysławowo, Poland +110 kg 200 1st 247.5 1st 447.5 1st
1996 Norway Stavanger, Norway +110 kg 180 180 182.5 2nd 220 227.5 232.5 2nd 415 1st
USSR Weightlifting Championships
Summer Spartakiad of the Soviet Union
Cup of the Soviet Union

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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