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Kurt Helbig

Full name: Kurt Helbig
Gender: Male
Born: June 28, 1901 in Plauen im Vogtland, Sachsen, Germany
Died: January 30, 1975 in Plauen im Vogtland, Sachsen, Germany
Affiliations: SV 04 Oberlosa
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Weightlifting

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

In addition to his Olympic gold medal, Kurt Helbig set seven lightweight and middleweight world records from 1925-30 – one in the snatch, two in the clean & jerk, and four in the total. Kurt Helbig’s other career was a butcher, but from 1922 to 1937 he had difficulty finding work. After his 1928 Olympic victory he was awarded 100 Reichsmark, which led to the cancellation of his unemployment benefits for eight weeks. In 1932 he could not take part in the Olympics, although he was qualified, as his federation did not have the money to pay his expenses for the trip to Los Angeles. In 1951 he became one of the foundation members of the Eastern German NOC. He later became a fulltime employee at the Ministerium für Staatssicherheit (Ministry of State Security) at Plauen. The Kurt-Helbig-Hall and Kurt-Helbig-Place at Plauen were named in his honor. His son Kurt, Jr. became national middleweight champion in 1956.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Summer 26 Amsterdam Weightlifting Men's Lightweight Germany GER 1T Gold OR

Men's Lightweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank K S/F
1928 Summer 26 Amsterdam Weightlifting Germany GER Final Standings 1T 322.5
1928 Summer 26 Amsterdam Weightlifting Germany GER Military Press 1T 90.0
1928 Summer 26 Amsterdam Weightlifting Germany GER Military Press Lift #1 AC 85.0 o
1928 Summer 26 Amsterdam Weightlifting Germany GER Military Press Lift #2 AC 90.0 o
1928 Summer 26 Amsterdam Weightlifting Germany GER Military Press Lift #3 AC 92.5 x
1928 Summer 26 Amsterdam Weightlifting Germany GER Snatch 2T 97.5
1928 Summer 26 Amsterdam Weightlifting Germany GER Snatch Lift #1 AC 90.0 o
1928 Summer 26 Amsterdam Weightlifting Germany GER Snatch Lift #2 AC 95.0 o
1928 Summer 26 Amsterdam Weightlifting Germany GER Snatch Lift #3 AC 97.5 o
1928 Summer 26 Amsterdam Weightlifting Germany GER Clean & Jerk 1T 135.0
1928 Summer 26 Amsterdam Weightlifting Germany GER Clean & Jerk Lift #1 AC 125.0 o
1928 Summer 26 Amsterdam Weightlifting Germany GER Clean & Jerk Lift #2 AC 130.0 o
1928 Summer 26 Amsterdam Weightlifting Germany GER Clean & Jerk Lift #3 AC 135.0 o