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Viktor Kurentsov

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameViktor Grigoryevich•Kurentsov
Used nameViktor•Kurentsov
Original nameВиктор Григорьевич•Куренцов
Born5 April 1941 in Tukhinka (BLR)
Measurements164 cm / 76 kg
AffiliationsVS Khabarovsk, Khabarovsk (RUS) / VS Moskva oblast, (RUS)
NOC(s) Soviet Union
Ethnic nationRUS

Biography

Born in Belarus, Viktor Kurentsov took up weightlifting in 1959 while serving with the Soviet Army in the Russian Far East and soon rose to be the world’s best middleweight lifter of the late 1960s, being nearly unbeatable. During his career Kurentsov won Olympic gold in 1968 and silver in 1964, was World Champion five times (1965-66, 1968-70) and European Champion seven times (1964-66, 1968-71). He also won silver at the 1964 World Championships and 1972 European Championships and bronze at the 1974 European Championships. Domestically Kurentsov was also unbeatable, winning the Soviet title nine times (1964-70, 1972, 1974) and the Soviet Cup in 1970. He set 24 middleweight world records from 1964-68: six in the press, eight in the clean & jerk, and 10 in the total.

After finishing his sporting career Kurentsov continued to serve with the Soviet Army, retiring from the force in 1990 as a colonel. After his Army retirement Kurentsov went into local politics. In 1990 he was elected to the Odinsovo city council, being the city council’s deputy chairman from 1991-93. From 1993-98, Kurensov worked with the Russian embassy in Italy. After returning from Italy Kurentsov moved back to Odintsovo and from 1999-2003 worked as an international relations consultant with the Odintsovo district government.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1964 Summer Olympics Weightlifting Middleweight, Men Olympic 2 Silver Representing Soviet Union    
1968 Summer Olympics Weightlifting Middleweight, Men Olympic 1 Gold Representing Soviet Union    

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1964 Summer Olympics 14 October 1964 Weightlifting Middleweight, Men (≤75 kg, Triathlon) Final Standings 440.0 2
1964 Summer Olympics 14 October 1964 Weightlifting Middleweight, Men (≤75 kg, Clean & Jerk) Clean & Jerk, Lift #3 175.0 AC
1968 Summer Olympics 16 October 1968 Weightlifting Middleweight, Men (≤75 kg, Triathlon) Final Standings 462.5 1
1968 Summer Olympics 16 October 1968 Weightlifting Middleweight, Men (≤75 kg, Triathlon) Final Standings 467.5 1
1968 Summer Olympics 16 October 1968 Weightlifting Middleweight, Men (≤75 kg, Triathlon) Final Standings 475.0 1
1968 Summer Olympics 16 October 1968 Weightlifting Middleweight, Men (≤75 kg, Military Press) Military Press, Lift #1 145.0 AC
1968 Summer Olympics 16 October 1968 Weightlifting Middleweight, Men (≤75 kg, Military Press) Military Press, Lift #3 152.5 AC
1968 Summer Olympics 16 October 1968 Weightlifting Middleweight, Men (≤75 kg, Clean & Jerk) Clean & Jerk, Lift #2 180.0 AC
1968 Summer Olympics 16 October 1968 Weightlifting Middleweight, Men (≤75 kg, Clean & Jerk) Clean & Jerk, Lift #3 187.5 WR AC