Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): Germany Hall, Berlin
Date Started: August 5, 1936
Date Finished: August 5, 1936
Format: Total of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement.
This class saw one of the most dominant performances in Olympic weightlifting history as Egyptian [Khadr El-Touni] won by 35 kg, bettering his own world record with a total of 387.5 kg. That mark would have won him the light-heavyweight division by 15 kg. El-Touni had the highest lift for all three phases of the competition, setting world records in both the press and snatch. El-Touni went on to win three world titles (1946, 1949-50), placing 3rd at the 1951 World Championships. He also competed in the 1948 Olympics, but illness prevented him from successfully defending his title and he placed fourth. El-Touni also recorded 16 world records, although only 11 of them were recognized.
Well back in Berlin were the silver and bronze medalists, both Germans, [Rudolf Ismayr], the defending gold medalist, and [Adolf Wagner]. Wagner would win silver (1937) and gold (1938) in this class at the next two World Championships, while Ismayr would win silver behind Wagner in 1938.
|5||Stanley Kratkowski||23||United States||USA||337.5|
|12||Harold Laurance||21||Great Britain||GBR||315.0|
|14||Walter Good||28||United States||USA||315.0|
|15||U Zaw Weik||25||India||IND||310.0|