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Louis Martin

Full name: Louis George Martin
Gender: Male
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
Weight: 198 lbs (90 kg)
Born: November 11, 1936 in Kingston, Kingston, Jamaica
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Weightlifting

Medals: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Louis Martin arrived in Britain in the mid-50s having done some body building in his native Jamaica. Encouraged to enter a local heat of Mr. Universe he began lifting weights at a local gym in Derby he found that it was in that sport where his talents laid. Within two years of taking up the sport he became Britain’s first world champion when he upset overwhelming favourite Arkady Vorobyov in the mid-heavyweight division at the 1959 World Championships. Martin was consistently one of the world’s top lifter for early part of the 60s and won further world championship titles in 1962, 1963 and 1965 as well as silver medals in 1961 and in 1964 when the Olympic Games doubled as World Championships. At the Olympic Games he was defeated only by Soviet lifters in 1960 and 1964 and claimed a bronze and silver medal respectively in those years. He was also in medal contention in 1968 but failed a make a valid lift in the final clean and jerk phase. Since the European Championships were held concurrently with the World Championships in non-Olympic years his four world titles were also European Championship victories. After representing Jamaica at the 1958 British Empire Games he switched to England for the next three editions and won the gold medal all three times. Martin set a world record for total weight in 1962 and for the clean & jerk in 1965 but two other claimed records were not ratified by the governing body of the sport.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 23 Roma Weightlifting Men's Middle-Heavyweight Great Britain GBR 3 Bronze
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Weightlifting Men's Middle-Heavyweight Great Britain GBR 2 Silver
1968 Summer 31 Ciudad de México Weightlifting Men's Middle-Heavyweight Great Britain GBR AC

Men's Middle-Heavyweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank K S/F
1960 Summer 23 Roma Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Final Standings 3 445.0
1960 Summer 23 Roma Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Military Press 4T 137.5
1960 Summer 23 Roma Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Military Press Lift #1 AC 132.5 o
1960 Summer 23 Roma Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Military Press Lift #2 AC 137.5 o
1960 Summer 23 Roma Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Military Press Lift #3 AC 140.0 x
1960 Summer 23 Roma Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Snatch 2T 137.5
1960 Summer 23 Roma Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Snatch Lift #1 AC 127.5 o
1960 Summer 23 Roma Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Snatch Lift #2 AC 132.5 o
1960 Summer 23 Roma Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Snatch Lift #3 AC 137.5 o
1960 Summer 23 Roma Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Clean & Jerk 2T 170.0
1960 Summer 23 Roma Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Clean & Jerk Lift #1 AC 162.5 o
1960 Summer 23 Roma Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Clean & Jerk Lift #2 AC 170.0 x
1960 Summer 23 Roma Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Clean & Jerk Lift #3 AC 170.0 o
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Final Standings 2 475.0
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Military Press 2T 155.0
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Military Press Lift #1 AC 147.5 o
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Military Press Lift #2 AC 155.0 o
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Military Press Lift #3 AC 160.0 x
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Snatch 3 140.0
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Snatch Lift #1 AC 135.0 o
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Snatch Lift #2 AC 140.0 o
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Snatch Lift #3 AC 145.0 x
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Clean & Jerk 2T 180.0
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Clean & Jerk Lift #1 AC 180.0 o
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Clean & Jerk Lift #2 AC 187.5 x
1964 Summer 27 Tokyo Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Clean & Jerk Lift #3 AC 187.5 x
1968 Summer 31 Ciudad de México Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Final Standings AC [305.0]
1968 Summer 31 Ciudad de México Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Military Press 4T 160.0
1968 Summer 31 Ciudad de México Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Military Press Lift #1 AC 150.0 o
1968 Summer 31 Ciudad de México Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Military Press Lift #2 AC 157.5 o
1968 Summer 31 Ciudad de México Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Military Press Lift #3 AC 160.0 o
1968 Summer 31 Ciudad de México Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Snatch 4T 145.0
1968 Summer 31 Ciudad de México Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Snatch Lift #1 AC 135.0 o
1968 Summer 31 Ciudad de México Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Snatch Lift #2 AC 140.0 o
1968 Summer 31 Ciudad de México Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Snatch Lift #3 AC 145.0 o
1968 Summer 31 Ciudad de México Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Clean & Jerk AC
1968 Summer 31 Ciudad de México Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Clean & Jerk Lift #1 AC 192.5 x
1968 Summer 31 Ciudad de México Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Clean & Jerk Lift #2 AC 192.5 x
1968 Summer 31 Ciudad de México Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Clean & Jerk Lift #3 AC 192.5 x
1968 Summer 31 Ciudad de México Weightlifting Great Britain GBR 2nd Phase Summary 5 305.0