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Rodney Wilkes

Full name: Rodney Adolphus Wilkes
Nickname(s): Mighty Atom, Mighty Midget
Gender: Male
Weight: 59, 60 kg
Born: March 11, 1925 in San Fernando, San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago
Died: March 24, 2014 in San Fernando, San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago
Country: TTO Trinidad and Tobago
Sport: Weightlifting

Medals: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Rodney Wilkes was Trinidad’s first Olympic medal winner, in 1948, and with his silver and bronze medals in weightlifting from the 1948 and 1952 Olympics, he is still considered the greatest weightlifter ever from the island nation. Wilkes was nicknamed the “Mighty Midget” or “Midget Atom” for his strength feats in the featherweight division. He first came to international notice when he won gold at the 1946 Central American and Caribbean Games. He followed that with his silver medal at the London Olympics, and then defended his title at the 1950 CAC Games. In 1951 Wilkes added another gold, winning at the Pan American Games, before adding an Olympic bronze medal in 1952 at Helsinki. In 1954 he won the featherweight title at the British Empire and Commonwealth Games, and would win bronze at that tournament in 1958 in Cardiff, Wales. Wilkes was injured in 1955 and unable to defend his title at the Pan Americans and he just missed the podium at his third Olympics in Melbourne, placing fourth. He continued competing through 1960 but was not chosen for the West Indies Federation team for the Rome Olympics and then retired.

After his competitive days, Wilkes worked as an electrician in his hometown of San Fernando. He was named to the National Sports Hall of Fame in 1984. He was also given the Hummingbird Medal, a state decoration in Trinidad and Tobago awarded for loyal and devoted service beneficial to the state.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 23 London Weightlifting Men's Featherweight Trinidad and Tobago TTO 2 Silver
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Weightlifting Men's Featherweight Trinidad and Tobago TTO 3 Bronze
1956 Summer 31 Melbourne Weightlifting Men's Featherweight Trinidad and Tobago TTO 4

Men's Featherweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank K S/F
1948 Summer 23 London Weightlifting Trinidad and Tobago TTO Final Standings 2 317.5
1948 Summer 23 London Weightlifting Trinidad and Tobago TTO Snatch 2T 97.5
1948 Summer 23 London Weightlifting Trinidad and Tobago TTO Snatch Lift #1 AC 90.0 o
1948 Summer 23 London Weightlifting Trinidad and Tobago TTO Snatch Lift #2 AC 95.0 o
1948 Summer 23 London Weightlifting Trinidad and Tobago TTO Snatch Lift #3 AC 97.5 o
1948 Summer 23 London Weightlifting Trinidad and Tobago TTO Clean & Jerk 2T 122.5
1948 Summer 23 London Weightlifting Trinidad and Tobago TTO Clean & Jerk Lift #1 AC 115.0 o
1948 Summer 23 London Weightlifting Trinidad and Tobago TTO Clean & Jerk Lift #2 AC 122.5 o
1948 Summer 23 London Weightlifting Trinidad and Tobago TTO Clean & Jerk Lift #3 AC 127.5 x
1948 Summer 23 London Weightlifting Trinidad and Tobago TTO Military Press 2T 97.5
1948 Summer 23 London Weightlifting Trinidad and Tobago TTO Military Press Lift #1 AC 90.0 o
1948 Summer 23 London Weightlifting Trinidad and Tobago TTO Military Press Lift #2 AC 97.5 o
1948 Summer 23 London Weightlifting Trinidad and Tobago TTO Military Press Lift #3 AC 100.0 x
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Weightlifting Trinidad and Tobago TTO Final Standings 3 322.5
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Weightlifting Trinidad and Tobago TTO Military Press 2 100.0
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Weightlifting Trinidad and Tobago TTO Military Press Lift #1 AC 90.0 o
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Weightlifting Trinidad and Tobago TTO Military Press Lift #2 AC 95.0 o
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Weightlifting Trinidad and Tobago TTO Military Press Lift #3 AC 100.0 o
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Weightlifting Trinidad and Tobago TTO Snatch 4 100.0
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Weightlifting Trinidad and Tobago TTO Snatch Lift #1 AC 90.0 o
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Weightlifting Trinidad and Tobago TTO Snatch Lift #2 AC 97.5 o
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Weightlifting Trinidad and Tobago TTO Snatch Lift #3 AC 100.0 o
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Weightlifting Trinidad and Tobago TTO Clean & Jerk 6T 122.5
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Weightlifting Trinidad and Tobago TTO Clean & Jerk Lift #1 AC 122.5 x
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Weightlifting Trinidad and Tobago TTO Clean & Jerk Lift #2 AC 122.5 o
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Weightlifting Trinidad and Tobago TTO Clean & Jerk Lift #3 AC 132.5 x
1956 Summer 31 Melbourne Weightlifting Trinidad and Tobago TTO Final Standings 4 330.0
1956 Summer 31 Melbourne Weightlifting Trinidad and Tobago TTO Military Press 5T 100.0
1956 Summer 31 Melbourne Weightlifting Trinidad and Tobago TTO Military Press Lift #1 AC 95.0 o
1956 Summer 31 Melbourne Weightlifting Trinidad and Tobago TTO Military Press Lift #2 AC 100.0 o
1956 Summer 31 Melbourne Weightlifting Trinidad and Tobago TTO Military Press Lift #3 AC 102.5 x
1956 Summer 31 Melbourne Weightlifting Trinidad and Tobago TTO Snatch 2 105.0
1956 Summer 31 Melbourne Weightlifting Trinidad and Tobago TTO Snatch Lift #1 AC 95.0 o
1956 Summer 31 Melbourne Weightlifting Trinidad and Tobago TTO Snatch Lift #2 AC 100.0 o
1956 Summer 31 Melbourne Weightlifting Trinidad and Tobago TTO Snatch Lift #3 AC 105.0 o
1956 Summer 31 Melbourne Weightlifting Trinidad and Tobago TTO Clean & Jerk 6T 125.0
1956 Summer 31 Melbourne Weightlifting Trinidad and Tobago TTO Clean & Jerk Lift #1 AC 125.0 o
1956 Summer 31 Melbourne Weightlifting Trinidad and Tobago TTO Clean & Jerk Lift #2 AC 132.5 x
1956 Summer 31 Melbourne Weightlifting Trinidad and Tobago TTO Clean & Jerk Lift #3 AC 135.0 x
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