In unhappy information popping out of Canada this week, Canadian Weightlifting legend Robert “Bob” Santavy has handed away; he was 70 years outdated.
Between 1967 and 1978, he certified and lifted in two Commonwealth Games, two Pan-Am Games, and two Olympic Games for Canada. Santavy competed within the 90kg, 100kg, and 110kg weight classes. His finest lifts at any body weight have been 155kg within the snatch and 205kg within the clear & jerk.
He received a silver medal within the 1970 Commonwealth Games the place he totaled 425KG between all three competitors lifts (snatch, clear & jerk, and press) within the 90KG class, in addition to a bronze medal on the 1978 commonwealth video games within the 100KG class the place he totaled 315KG – after the game moved into its present iteration of two competitors lifts. At the 1975 Pan Am Games, he received a bronze medal within the 110KG class.
In his publish athletic profession, he was instrumental in teaching and advancing the game of Olympic Weightlifting in Canada. Bob had two youngsters, who each adopted in his footsteps. His daughter, Bobbi–June, turned one of many first profitable feminine lifters in Canada. She was setting Canadian Weightlifting information earlier than girl’s weightlifting information have been formally acknowledged. They helped pave the way in which for the success that Canada has had in recent times on the worldwide degree, together with, however on no account restricted to an Olympic Gold medal in 2012 for Christine Girard. His son Dalas represented Canada in two Commonwealth Games and two Pan-Am Games, and positioned 23rd on the 2005 Senior World Championships.
Three of Dalas’ youngsters (and Bob’s grandchildren) are seasoned nationwide and worldwide weightlifting athletes in their very own regards. Noah Santavy competed on the 2017 Junior World Championships within the 77KG class, whereas his older brother Boady was 6th general within the 94KG class on the 2017 Senior World Championships and received a silver medal on the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Fourteen-year-old Alana has certified for the Canadian Junior and Senior National Championships.
Bob Santavy handed away on June 13th in Sarnia, Ontario, and leaves behind two youngsters and seven grandchildren.
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