Kettlebell (ghiri sport) which comes from Russia, is a sport which uses a boulder of some kilos with a handle on top like a bow. As a sport it started in the old days and first appeared in the Olympic Games in ancient Greece. It was used for muscle growth and showdowns by lifting this block.
1948 is the year that the first ghiri lifting competition was organized. Over 150,000 people, amateurs and athletes took part. The aim was to lift up the ghiri above their heads with one hand without a time limit. The race was won by a marine named Protopopov, who managed to pick up the ghiri 1.002 times! After this event the way was paved for many other events such as in 1962 when it was organized in Russia in triathlon which included pressure over the head with a ghiri without time limitation and with only one change of hands, jerk with two ghiri without time limitation and snatch without time limitation and without being able to put the ghiri on the ground to rest.
In 1970 Ukraine adopted it and the first rules of ghiri sport appeared, but development of modern ghiri sport happened in 1985 as the rules were slightly modified throughout the Soviet Union, dividing athletes into five categories according to their weight: 60kg, 70kg, 80kg, 90kg, 90 + kg. In Italy it was founded in 2000 as Sport Ghiri company when Oleh Ilika, world-class athlete brought the first << ghiri sport >> to create the Italian Federation of Sports Ghiri. Now it has entered for good in our lives and we use it around the world as training for strength and durability.