Aleksandr Kurlovich

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Aleksandr Kurlovich
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Aleksandr Nikolaevich Kurlovich

(1961-07-28)28 July 1961
Died6 April 2018(2018-04-06) (aged 56) [1]
NationalityFlag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
Other namesAlexander Kurlovich
Occupation Olympic weightlifting
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) [2]
Olympic medal record
Men's weightlifting
Representing the Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
Olympic Games
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1988 Seoul +110 kg
World Weightlifting Championships
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg1983 Moscow+110kg
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg1987 Ostrava+110kg
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg1989 Athens+110kg
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg1991 Donaueschingen+110kg
European Weightlifting Championships
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg1983 Moscow+110kg
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg1989 Athens+110kg
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg1990 Aalborg+110kg
USSR Weightlifting Championships
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg1983 Moscow+110kg
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg1984 Minsk+110kg
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg1987 Arkhangelsk+110kg
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg1989 Frunze+110kg
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg1991 Donetsk+110kg
Representing the Olympic flag.svg   Unified Team
Olympic Games
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1992 Barcelona +110 kg
Representing Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus
Olympic Games
5th 1996 Atlanta +108kg
World Weightlifting Championships
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg1994 Istanbul+108kg

Aleksandr Nikolaevich Kurlovich (Russian : Александр Николаевич Курлович, English Alternate: Alexander Kurlovich, [3] 28 July 1961 – 6 April 2018 [1] ) was a Soviet weightlifter. He trained at Armed Forces sports society in Grodno. [1]


In 2006 he was elected member of the International Weightlifting Federation Hall of Fame. [4] He was caught in 1984 entering Canada with $10,000 worth of anabolic steroids that he wanted to sell to fellow weightlifters.


Kurlovich had twelve world records to his name. [5]

As of 2019, only four men (Antonio Krastev of Bulgaria, Behdad Salimi of Iran, Gor Minasyan of Armenia, and Georgian world-record holder Lasha Talakhadze) have ever snatched more than his 215 kg, only six men (Soviet teammates Sergey Didyk, Anatoly Pisarenko and Leonid Taranenko, Andrei Chemerkin of Russia, Talakhadze of Georgia, and Hossein Rezazadeh of Iran) have ever lifted a clean and jerk of more than his 260 kg, and only Talakhadze, Rezazadeh, and Taranenko have totalled more than the 472.5 kg that Kurlovich lifted to win the 1987 World Championship. (Taranenko won 1987 World Championship) [6]


Weightlifting achievements

Career bests


Kurlovich died on 6 April 2018 in Grodno, Belarus. He was 56.

Major results

YearVenueWeightSnatch (kg)Clean & Jerk (kg)TotalRank
Olympic Games
1988 Flag of South Korea.svg Seoul, South Korea +110 kg 202.5207.5212.51245.0250.0250.01462.5Gold medal icon.svg
1992 Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona, Spain +110 kg 195.0200.0205.01237.5245.0250.01450Gold medal icon.svg
1996 Flag of the United States.svg Atlanta, United States +108 kg 195.0195.0195.04230.0247.5--7425.05
World Championships
1983 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Moscow, Soviet Union +110 kg 195200205Silver medal icon.svg245245262.5Silver medal icon.svg450.0Silver medal icon.svg
1987 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Ostrava, Czechoslovakia +110 kg 205210 212.5Silver medal icon.svg247.5 260266Silver medal icon.svg472.5 WRGold medal icon.svg
1989 Flag of Greece.svg Athens, Greece +110 kg 202.5210.0215.0Gold medal icon.svg240.0245.0262.5Gold medal icon.svg460.0Gold medal icon.svg
1991 Flag of Germany.svg Donaueschingen, Germany +110 kg 195.0202.5205.0Gold medal icon.svg237.5250.0262.5Gold medal icon.svg455.0Gold medal icon.svg
1994 Flag of Turkey.svg Istanbul, Turkey +108 kg 197.5203.0 WR205.0 WRGold medal icon.svg240.0250.5 WR253.0 WRGold medal icon.svg457.5 WRGold medal icon.svg

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