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Tommy Kono

Full name: Tamio "Tommy" Kono
Gender: Male
Height: 5'6" (167 cm)
Weight: 67-81 kg
Born: June 27, 1930 in Sacramento, California, United States
Affiliations: Hawaii York XDR Club
Country: USA United States
Sport: Weightlifting

Medals: 2 Gold, 1 Silver (3 Total)

Biography

Pound-for-pound, Tommy Kono is probably the greatest lifter produced by the United States. Between 1953 and 1959 he was undefeated in World and Olympic competition, adding six straight world titles to his two Olympic gold medals. He also won three consecutive gold medals at the Pan American Games, in 1955, 1959, and 1963.

Kono was capable of lifting well at almost any bodyweight, witnessed by his Olympic medals in three different classes. He is the only man to ever set world records in four different classes and won 11 AAU Championships – in three different weight classes. During his career he set 27 world records. Kono was a very rare weightlifter who also competed successfully as a body builder, winning the AAU Mr. Universe title in 1954, 1955, and 1957.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Weightlifting Men's Lightweight United States USA 1 Gold OR
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Weightlifting Men's Light-Heavyweight United States USA 1 Gold WR
1960 Summer 30 Roma Weightlifting Men's Middleweight United States USA 2 Silver

Men's Lightweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank K S/F
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Weightlifting United States USA Final Standings 1 362.5
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Weightlifting United States USA Snatch 1 117.5
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Weightlifting United States USA Military Press 1T 105.0
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Weightlifting United States USA Military Press Lift #1 AC 105.0 o
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Weightlifting United States USA Military Press Lift #2 AC 110.0 x
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Weightlifting United States USA Military Press Lift #3 AC 110.0 x
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Weightlifting United States USA Snatch Lift #1 AC 105.0 o
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Weightlifting United States USA Snatch Lift #2 AC 110.0 o
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Weightlifting United States USA Snatch Lift #3 AC 117.5 o
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Weightlifting United States USA Snatch Lift #4 AC 120.0 x
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Weightlifting United States USA Clean & Jerk 2T 140.0
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Weightlifting United States USA Clean & Jerk Lift #1 AC 140.0 o
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Weightlifting United States USA Clean & Jerk Lift #2 AC 155.0 x
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Weightlifting United States USA Clean & Jerk Lift #3 AC 155.0 x

Men's Middleweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank K S/F
1960 Summer 30 Roma Weightlifting United States USA Final Standings 2 427.5
1960 Summer 30 Roma Weightlifting United States USA Military Press 1 140.0
1960 Summer 30 Roma Weightlifting United States USA Military Press Lift #1 AC 130.0 o
1960 Summer 30 Roma Weightlifting United States USA Military Press Lift #2 AC 135.0 o
1960 Summer 30 Roma Weightlifting United States USA Military Press Lift #3 AC 140.0 o
1960 Summer 30 Roma Weightlifting United States USA Snatch 2 127.5
1960 Summer 30 Roma Weightlifting United States USA Snatch Lift #1 AC 127.5 x
1960 Summer 30 Roma Weightlifting United States USA Snatch Lift #2 AC 127.5 x
1960 Summer 30 Roma Weightlifting United States USA Snatch Lift #3 AC 127.5 o
1960 Summer 30 Roma Weightlifting United States USA Clean & Jerk 2 160.0
1960 Summer 30 Roma Weightlifting United States USA Clean & Jerk Lift #1 AC 160.0 o
1960 Summer 30 Roma Weightlifting United States USA Clean & Jerk Lift #2 AC 165.0 x
1960 Summer 30 Roma Weightlifting United States USA Clean & Jerk Lift #3 AC 170.0 x

Men's Light-Heavyweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank K S/F
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Weightlifting United States USA Final Standings 1 447.5
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Weightlifting United States USA Military Press 1 140.0
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Weightlifting United States USA Military Press Lift #1 AC 135.0 o
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Weightlifting United States USA Military Press Lift #2 AC 140.0 o
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Weightlifting United States USA Military Press Lift #3 AC 142.5 x
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Weightlifting United States USA Snatch 1 132.5
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Weightlifting United States USA Snatch Lift #1 AC 125.0 o
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Weightlifting United States USA Snatch Lift #2 AC 130.0 o
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Weightlifting United States USA Snatch Lift #3 AC 132.5 o
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Weightlifting United States USA Clean & Jerk 1 175.0
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Weightlifting United States USA Clean & Jerk Lift #1 AC 160.0 o
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Weightlifting United States USA Clean & Jerk Lift #2 AC 167.5 o
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Weightlifting United States USA Clean & Jerk Lift #3 AC 175.0 o
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