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Gerry Gratton

Full name: Joseph Aimé Gèrald "Gerry" Gratton
Gender: Male
Weight: 165 lbs (75 kg)
Born: August 29, 1927 in Montréal, Québec, Canada
Died: July 28, 1963 in Montréal, Québec, Canada
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Weightlifting

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Gerry Gratton took up weightlifting in the 1940s and made his first major international appearance for Canada at the 1948 Summer Olympics, where he finished fifth in the middleweight division. His next stop was the 1950 British Empire Games, where he fared much better and won gold with a total lift of 795 pounds, 55 pounds more than silver medalist Bruce George of New Zealand. He returned to the Olympics in 1952 and originally won the middleweight competition, but the American delegation protested his form on his winning lift, which brought the decision to a seven-man jury of appeals. The American objection was upheld, Pete George took the gold medal, and Gratton was forced to settle for silver, although it made him Canada’s first Olympic medalist in weightlifting.

After the Games Gratton moved into the light-heavyweight division and won it at the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games with a total lift of 890 pounds, 80 more than runner-up Louis Greeff of South Africa. He was due to compete in this category at the 1956 Summer Olympics, and was considered a medal favorite, but was disqualified after weighing in at just two ounces (100 grams) over the limit. His final major international tournament was the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, where his 815 pound total lift was only good enough for fifth place. He retired from active competition shortly thereafter and died in 1963, at the age of 35, of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was made a member of the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1955 and, as of 2012, his Olympic weightlifting podium finish for Canada has only been duplicated twice: in 1984 by Jacques Demers and in 2012 by Christine Girard. All three were medalists in the middleweight division.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 20 London Weightlifting Men's Middleweight Canada CAN 5
1952 Summer 24 Helsinki Weightlifting Men's Middleweight Canada CAN 2 Silver

Men's Middleweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank K S/F
1948 Summer 20 London Weightlifting Canada CAN Final Standings 5 360.0
1948 Summer 20 London Weightlifting Canada CAN Snatch 7T 107.5
1948 Summer 20 London Weightlifting Canada CAN Snatch Lift #1 AC 107.5 x
1948 Summer 20 London Weightlifting Canada CAN Snatch Lift #2 AC 107.5 o
1948 Summer 20 London Weightlifting Canada CAN Snatch Lift #3 AC 110.0 x
1948 Summer 20 London Weightlifting Canada CAN Clean & Jerk 6T 140.0
1948 Summer 20 London Weightlifting Canada CAN Clean & Jerk Lift #1 AC 132.5 o
1948 Summer 20 London Weightlifting Canada CAN Clean & Jerk Lift #2 AC 137.5 o
1948 Summer 20 London Weightlifting Canada CAN Clean & Jerk Lift #3 AC 140.0 o
1948 Summer 20 London Weightlifting Canada CAN Military Press 4T 112.5
1948 Summer 20 London Weightlifting Canada CAN Military Press Lift #1 AC 107.5 o
1948 Summer 20 London Weightlifting Canada CAN Military Press Lift #2 AC 112.5 o
1948 Summer 20 London Weightlifting Canada CAN Military Press Lift #3 AC 115.0 x
1952 Summer 24 Helsinki Weightlifting Canada CAN Final Standings 2 390.0
1952 Summer 24 Helsinki Weightlifting Canada CAN Military Press 1T 122.5
1952 Summer 24 Helsinki Weightlifting Canada CAN Military Press Lift #1 AC 115.0 o
1952 Summer 24 Helsinki Weightlifting Canada CAN Military Press Lift #2 AC 122.5 o
1952 Summer 24 Helsinki Weightlifting Canada CAN Snatch 4T 112.5
1952 Summer 24 Helsinki Weightlifting Canada CAN Snatch Lift #1 AC 112.5 o
1952 Summer 24 Helsinki Weightlifting Canada CAN Snatch Lift #2 AC 120.0 x
1952 Summer 24 Helsinki Weightlifting Canada CAN Snatch Lift #3 AC 120.0 x
1952 Summer 24 Helsinki Weightlifting Canada CAN Clean & Jerk 2 155.0
1952 Summer 24 Helsinki Weightlifting Canada CAN Clean & Jerk Lift #1 AC 142.5 o
1952 Summer 24 Helsinki Weightlifting Canada CAN Clean & Jerk Lift #2 AC 150.0 o
1952 Summer 24 Helsinki Weightlifting Canada CAN Clean & Jerk Lift #3 AC 155.0 o
1952 Summer 24 Helsinki Weightlifting Canada CAN Military Press Lift #3 AC 127.5 x