Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Empress Hall, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Kensington, London
Date Started: August 9, 1948
Date Finished: August 9, 1948
Format: Total of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.
This was a new class at the Olympics, and it had first been held at the World Championships in 1947 where American Joe DePietro won the title followed by his teammate Rich Tom. DePietro was very short, with his height variously reported as anywhere from 137-147 cm (4-6 to 4-10). His arms were so short that at full extension the bar barely cleared his head. He took the lead early in London with a press of 105.0 kg, which gave him a 12.5 kg lead over Britain’s Abe Greenhalgh. After the snatch DePietro led Tom and Britain’s Julian Creus by 17.5 kg, and all he needed to do was lift cleanly in the clean & jerk to clinch the gold. His lift of 112.5 in the clean & jerk was bettered by four lifters, but it was enough to give DePietro the gold medal and a world record. In the final lift, Creus outlifted Tom to garner the silver medal. DePietro came back in 1949 to place third at the World Championships, which were won by Iran’s Mahmoud Namdjou, who placed fifth in London.
|1||Joe DePietro||34||United States||USA||Gold||307.5||WR|
|2||Julian Creus||31||Great Britain||GBR||Silver||297.5|
|3||Rich Tom||27||United States||USA||Bronze||295.0|
|4||Lee Gyu-Hyeok||South Korea||KOR||290.0|
|8||Maurice Crow||23||New Zealand||NZL||272.5|
|10||Pak Dong-Uk||South Korea||KOR||272.5|
|11||Abdel Hamid Yacout||Egypt||EGY||272.5|
|13||Abe Greenhalgh||28||Great Britain||GBR||267.5|
|15||Maung Win Maung||Myanmar||MYA||265.0|