Wladimir Semjonowitsch Golowanow

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Vladimir Golovanov (1964)

Vladimir Semyonovich Golovanov(Russian Владимир Семёнович Голованов; born 29 November 1938; † 2 August 2003) was a Soviet weightlifter and 1964 Olympic champion.


In the mid-1960s in the Soviet Union the immensely strong soldier Vladimir Golovanov, who started for the army sports club Khabarovsk, prevailed over his competitors in the middle heavyweight class (at that time up to 90 kg body weight). In 1963 he had to admit defeat to Eduard Browko, but 1964 was his big year. He became, very well prepared by his trainer Arkadi Worobjow, European champion and Olympic champion. Vladimir Golovanov created the conditions for his victories by his extraordinary strength in the press, with which he could also compensate for a small weakness in the clean and jerk. After 1965 he had increasing weight problems in the 90 kg class. After the introduction of the weight class heavyweight, up to 110 kg body weight, he once again achieved excellent results in this new class.

International successes/multiple events

(OS = Olympic Games, WM = World Championship, EM = European Championship, Ms = Middleweight, S = Heavyweight)

  • 1963, 3rd place, USSR Grand Prix in Moscow, Ms, with 452.5 kg, behind Eduard Browko, 465 kg and Bill March, USA, 452.5 kg;
  • 1964, 1st place, European Championships in Moscow, Ms, with 480 kg, ahead of Árpád Nemessányi, Hungary, 450 kg and Marek Gołąb, Poland, 440 kg;
  • 1964, Olympic champion, Tokyo OS, Ms, with 487.5 kg, ahead of Louis Martin, United Kingdom, 475 kg, and Ireneusz Paliński, Poland, 467.5 kg;
  • 1965, 2nd place, world championships in Teheran, Ms, with 480 kg, behind Martin, 487.5 kg, and ahead of Géza Tóth, Hungary, 462.5 kg;
  • 1970, 2nd place, Grand Prix of Tehran, S, with 475 kg, behind Jablonowsky, USSR, 510 kg and ahead of Marchlewski, Poland, 455 kg;
  • 1970, 1st place, Warsaw Pact Army Championship, S, with 502.5 kg, ahead of Kruzcyna, Poland, 475 kg.

USSR Championships

  • 1962, 4th place, Ms, with 447.5 kg, behind Eduard Browko, 455 kg, Vasily Stepanov, 452.5 kg and Pegov, 447.5 kg;
  • 1964, 1st place, Ms, with 485 kg, ahead of Browko, 480 kg u. Anatoli Kalinitschenko, 472.5 kg;
  • 1969, 1st place, S, with 522.5 kg, ahead of Staroschenko, 520 kg and Jablonowsky, 520 kg;
  • 1972, 3rd place, S, with 565 kg, behind Jaan Talts, 587.5 kg and Pavel Pervushin, 577.5 kg.

World records

(all scored at middle heavyweight)

in the squeeze:

  • 163 kg, 1963 in Lviv,
  • 163.5 kg, 1964 in Khabarovsk,
  • 164 kg, 1964 in Kiev,
  • 168 kg, 1965 in Khabarovsk,
  • 171.5 kg, 1968 in Kiev.

in the Olympic triathlon:

  • 485 kg, 1964 in Kiev,
  • 487.5 kg, 1964 in Tokyo.

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