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Dito Shanidze

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 2
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameDimit'ri "Dito"•Shanidze
Used nameDito•Shanidze
Original nameდიმიტრი "დიტო"•შანიძე
Other namesDmitry "Dito" Ivanovich Shanidze, Дмитрий "Дито" Иванович Шанидзе
Born8 February 1937 in Derchi (GEO)
Died18 November 2010 in Tbilisi (GEO)
Measurements158 cm / 60 kg
AffiliationsGantiadi Tbilisi
NOC(s) Soviet Union
Ethnic nationGEO

Biography

Georgian Dito Shanidze was the best Soviet featherweight weightlifter in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Shanidze competed in gymnastics before taking up weightlifting in 1957, but was not noticed by the Soviet sports officials until he won silver at the 1968 Soviet championships. He was selected to the Soviet national team and, in the same year, won silver at the 1968 Olympics, as well as the World and European Championships. Shanidze repeated the silver medal victory at the 1972 Olympics and was the 1973 World and 1972-73 European Champion. His other medals at major international tournaments were silver at the 1972 and bronze at the 1969 World Championships and silver at the 1969, 1971 and 1974 European Championships. Domestically, in addition to his 1968 silver medal, Shanidze was the Soviet champion from 1969-74 and set two featherweight total world records.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1968 Summer Olympics Weightlifting Featherweight, Men Olympic 2 Silver Representing Soviet Union    
1972 Summer Olympics Weightlifting Featherweight, Men Olympic 2 Silver Representing Soviet Union    

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1972 Summer Olympics 29 August 1972 Weightlifting Featherweight, Men (≤60 kg, Triathlon) Final Standings 400.0 2
1972 Summer Olympics 29 August 1972 Weightlifting Featherweight, Men (≤60 kg, Military Press) Military Press, Lift #3 127.5 AC
1972 Summer Olympics 29 August 1972 Weightlifting Featherweight, Men (≤60 kg, Clean & Jerk) Clean & Jerk, Lift #2 152.5 AC