At the age of 36, Plyukfelder was a member of the Soviet Union weightlifting team at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. He won the gold medal in the light-heavyweight class, setting an Olympic record of 1,075 pounds (475-kg)
Plyukfelder began lifting weights in 1950 and won six Russian National championships. One of the world's best lifters for a decade, he won the gold medal at the World Championships in 1959 and 1961, and the European Championships in 1959 and 1960. An electrician by trade, he was a Merited Master of Sports of the Soviet Union.
Birth and Death Dates:
b. Sept. 6, 1928
Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine
Use links below to navigate through the olympics section of Jews In Sports.
encyclopedia of JEWS in sports, by Bernard Postal, Jesse Silver, and Roy Silver (New York: Bloch Publishing Co., 1965)
New York Times, October 11-October 25, 1964