Waldemar Baszanowski: Golden Lift in Mexico City (1968)
October 15, 1968, Mexico City, Mexico – Legendary lightweight Waldemar Baszanowski of Team Poland clean-and-jerks 167.5kg and wins a gold medal in the 67.5kg class at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City.
It was the second Olympic gold medal for a 33-year old Waldemar Baszanowski, one of the greatest weightlifters of all time and nations.
As a member of Polish national team, Waldemar Baszanowski took part in 4 Olympic competitions in 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972 and won his first gold medal in the lightweight class in Tokyo in 1964.
He won 5 gold medals in the World championships (1961, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1969) and 5 gold medals at the European championships (1961, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1971).
In his outstanding weightlifting career, Baszanowski set 25 world records.
In addition to his outstanding results, Waldemar Baszanowski (1935-2011) was a brilliant technician famous for slick split style snatch and clean techniques. Later in his career, he mastered a text book classic squat style snatch too.
When Baszanowski retired from weightlifting competitions, he launched a successful career as a scientist, coach and took an active part in the international weightlifting organizations.