Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Empress Hall, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Kensington, London
Date Started: August 10, 1948
Date Finished: August 10, 1948
Format: Total of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.
The last two World Champions were Americans [Stan Stanczyk] (1946) and [Pete George] (1947) but, although both were present in London, they had moved up in weight. The 1936 featherweight bronze medalist, Egypt’s [Ibrahim Hassanien Shams] also moved up in weight, and competed as a lightweight in London. The leader after the press was Canada’s [John Stuart], with an Olympic record 107.5 kg, trailed by Shams teammate, [Attia Mohammed Hamouda], who lifted 105.0 kg. Hamouda had been the silver medalist in the class at the 1938 World Championships. Hamouda took the lead with a snatch of 110.0 kg, but Shams’ Olympic record of 115.0 kg moved him into second place. After Hamouda lifted 145.0 kg in the clean & jerk, Shams had to hoist 147.5 kg to tie him and win the gold medal on lower bodyweight. Shams backed off from the bar twice, but on his third approach, he quickly lifted it overhead cleanly to win the title. Britain [Jim Halliday] and American [John Terpak] tied for third at 340.0 kg, 20.0 kg behind the Egyptians, but Halliday won the bronze medal on lower bodyweight, 40 grams lighter than Terpak (about 1⅓ ounce).
|3||Jim Halliday||30||Great Britain||GBR||Bronze||340.0|
|4||John Terpak||36||United States||USA||340.0|
|6||Kim Chang-Hui||27||South Korea||KOR||330.0|
|7||Na Si-Yun||South Korea||KOR||330.0|
|8||Joe Pitman||23||United States||USA||322.5|
|10||Jørgen Fryd Petersen||23||Denmark||DEN||315.0|
|13||Ron Eland||25||Great Britain||GBR||310.0|
|18||Salvador Lo Presti||25||Argentina||ARG||300.0|