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Weightlifting at the 1924 Paris Summer Games:

Men's Light-Heavyweight

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Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Winter Velodrome, Paris
Date Started: July 23, 1924
Date Finished: July 23, 1924
Format: Total of best lifts in one-hand snatch, one-hand clean & jerk, military press, two-hand snatch, and two-hand clean & jerk determined placement.

Gold: FRA Charles Rigoulot
Silver: SUI Fritz Hünenberger
Bronze: AUT Leopold Friedrich

Summary

The light-heavyweight division was one of the closest contests in the weightlifting tournament. Favorites included Swiss lifter Fritz Hünenberger, the 1921 European Champion and silver medallist in Antwerp, Jaroslav Skobla, the 1923 World Champion and Leopold Friedrich, the defending World Champion in the middleweight. They were joined by a young Frenchman, Charles Rigoulot. Rigoulot had a small lead after four events over Hünenberger, and then increased it by 10 kg in the last event. But matters could have been different. In the one-armed clean & jerk, the Swiss lifted 112.5 kg, a new World Record. But to the anger of the crowd, the lift was ruled invalid by the judges, and he had to be content with his best result of 107.5 - still a World Record. One of his compatriots, Dr. Anton Schärer, also set a new World record, in the press.

Rigoulot soon turned professional, and had a very successful career. He later also became a racing driver, winning the Bol d'Or in 1937. A member of the French resistance in World War II, he supposedly once escaped imprisonment by breaking the bars with his bare hands.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Charles Rigoulot 20 France FRA Gold 502.5 OR
2 Fritz Hünenberger 27 Switzerland SUI Silver 490.0
3 Leopold Friedrich 26 Austria AUT Bronze 490.0
4 Karl Freiberger 23 Austria AUT 487.5
5 Carlos Bergara Argentina ARG 482.5
6 Mario Giambelli Italy ITA 480.0
7 Anton Schärer Switzerland SUI 475.0
8 Jaroslav Skobla 25 Czechoslovakia TCH 470.0
9 Saul Hallap 26 Estonia EST 465.0
10 Alfred Louncke 24 France FRA 460.0
11 Hermann Glück 20 Austria AUT 452.5
12 Jan Verheijen 27 Netherlands NED 447.5
13 Bertil R. Carlsson 23 Sweden SWE 445.0
14T André Rolet 22 France FRA 430.0
14T Ernests Reihmanis Latvia LAT 430.0
16 Giuseppe Merlin 32 Italy ITA 405.0
17 F. Verdonck Belgium BEL 380.0
18 Armando Tugnoli Italy ITA 375.0
AC Henri Lehnen 25 Luxembourg LUX DNF
AC Bohumil Stinný Czechoslovakia TCH DNF