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Yossef Romano

Full name: Yossef Romano
Original name: יוסף רומנו
Other name(s): Joseph Romano
Gender: Male
Height: 5-5 (166 cm)
Weight: 165 lbs (75 kg)
Born: December 30, 1940 in Benghazi, Benghazi, Libya
Died: September 5, 1972 in Munich, Bayern, Germany
Country: ISR Israel
Sport: Weightlifting

Biography

Yossef Romano was a nine-time Israeli weight-lifting champion in the light- and middleweight classes. Although born in Libya, his family emigrated to Palestine, later Israel, in 1946, where Romano would become an interior decorator as a career. He also fought in the 1967 Six-Day War.

At the 1972 Olympics Romano ruptured his patellar tendon during the weightlifting competition and was due to fly home to Israel on 6 September 1972 for surgery. He never made it. On the morning of 5 September, Arab terrorists from the Black September group invaded the Israeli Olympic quarters, taking 11 team members as hostages. They first wounded wrestling coach Moshe Weinberg. Weinberg attacked the terrorists and was shot to death. Romano then attached the terrorists, slashing the face of Afif Ahmed Hamid with a knife, and grabbing his AK-47 from him, but Romano was then killed in a rain of gunfire. His corpse was left in front of his teammates all day as a warning. The remainder of the Israeli hostages were killed that night in a shoot-out at the Fürstenfelbruck airport.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Summer 31 München Weightlifting Men's Middleweight Israel ISR AC DNF

Men's Middleweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank K S/F
1972 Summer 31 München Weightlifting Israel ISR Final Standings AC
1972 Summer 31 München Weightlifting Israel ISR Military Press AC
1972 Summer 31 München Weightlifting Israel ISR Military Press Lift #1 AC 137.5 x
1972 Summer 31 München Weightlifting Israel ISR Military Press Lift #2 AC 137.5 x
1972 Summer 31 München Weightlifting Israel ISR Military Press Lift #3 AC 137.5 x
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