Alfred Neuland

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Alfred Neuland
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Neuland in 1920
Personal information
Born 10 October 1895
Valga, Estonia
Died 16 November 1966 (aged 71)
Tallinn, Estonia
Height 166 cm (5 ft 5 in)
Weight 74 kg (163 lb)
Sport
Sport Weightlifting
Club Kalev Tallinn

Alfred Karl Neuland (10 October 1895 – 16 November 1966) was an Estonian weightlifter. He competed in the 1920 and 1924 Olympics and won a gold and a silver medal, respectively, becoming the first Olympic gold medalist from Estonia. He won a world title in 1922,[1] and set three ratified world record in 1920–23: one in the snatch and two in the clean and jerk.[2]

Born in Valga, Estonia, Neuland studied in Riga, Latvia, and Saint Petersburg, Russia. He took up weightlifting relatively early, and placed second at the Russian championships in 1913 and 1914; he won the Russian lightweight title in 1915 and middleweight title in 1916. Neuland then fought in World War I and in the Estonian War of Independence, and after demobilization he won Estonian weightlifting titles in 1921, 1923 and 1924. After that he retired from competitions and worked as a businessman, weightlifting coach and referee in his hometown of Valga from 1921 to 1940. From 1950 to 1955, Neuland headed the Estonian Experimental Soft Drinks Factory in Tallinn. In 1995 a monument in his honor was installed in Valga, and since 2000 an annual memorial weightlifting tournament has been held there.[1][3]

References

  1. ^ a b Alfred Neuland. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ Alfred Neuland. chidlovski.net
  3. ^ Neuland, Alfred Karl. Eesti spordi biograafiline leksikon
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