Ymer Pampuri after being crowned world champion
|Born||30 April 1944|
|Died||18 January 2017(aged 72)|
Ymer Pampuri (30 April 1944 – 18 January 2017) was an Albanian weightlifter who in the 1972 Summer Olympic Games became the first Albanian to break an Olympic record, the first Albanian to become a World Champion and the last World Champion in military press, since the discipline was no longer allowed to be practiced internationally after 1972.
Life and career
Pampuri was born in Tirana. When he was seven years old he entered in the Tirana Circus as an acrobat. In 1972 he was chosen to represent Albania in the European Championship in Romania. He lifted 125 kg, the same weight with the champion, but ended second only losing by his body mass. In the same year he participated in the 1972 Summer Olympics. In 1972, when Pampuri and his coach, Zydi Mazreku, declared before their departure that they were going to bring a medal from the Munich Olympics, many of the directors of the Albanian sports laughed. At the age of 27, the 17 Nentori weightlifter broke the Olympic record established by Yoshinobu Miyake in the clean and press style by lifting 127,5 kg. It was 29 August 1972 when Pampuri broke the record and became World Champion in that discipline.
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