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Weightlifting at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Men's Featherweight

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Exhibition Hall II, Helsinki
Date Started: July 25, 1952
Date Finished: July 25, 1952
Format: Total of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: URS Rapael Chimishk'iani
Silver: URS Nikolay Saksonov
Bronze: TTO Rodney Wilkes

Summary

[Rafael Chimishk’iani] had won a silver medal as a bantamweight at the 1950 World Championships, and was 1950 European Champion, but he did not compete at the 1951 Worlds, as the Soviets skipped the meet. That event was won by Egyptian [Said Khalifa Gouda], who followed his countryman, Mahmoud Fayad, the 1948 Olympic and 1950 World Champion. Fayad did not compete in Helsinki, but also returning was Trinidadian Rodney Wilkes, the 1948 silver medalist. In the end nobody could match the Soviets, as Chimishk’iani won gold with a world record total of 337.5 kg, followed by teammate Nikolay Saksonov, who equalled Fayad’s former world record of 332.5 kg. Wilkes came in third, garnering his second Olympic medal. This was Chimishk’iani’s only Olympic appearance, but he would only end his career in the early 1960s after winning two World Championships (1954-55), six European Championships (1950, 1952, 1954-57), and five Soviet titles.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Rapael Chimishk'iani 23 Soviet Union URS Gold 337.5 WR
2 Nikolay Saksonov 29 Soviet Union URS Silver 332.5
3 Rodney Wilkes 27 Trinidad and Tobago TTO Bronze 322.5
4 Rodrigo del Rosario 35 Philippines PHI 317.5
5 Khalifa Said Gouda 21 Egypt EGY 312.5
6 Chay Weng Yew 24 Singapore SIN 312.5
7 Bálint B. Nagy Hungary HUN 307.5
8 Mohssain Tabatabaie 24 Iran IRI 307.5
9 Julian Creus 35 Great Britain GBR 305.0
10 Jules Sylvain 26 Canada CAN 302.5
11 Nam Su-Il 40 South Korea KOR 300.0
12 Daniel Pon Mony 30 India IND 300.0
13 Max Heral 25 France FRA 297.5
14 Nil Tun Maung 20 Myanmar MYA 295.0
15 Mikko Hokka 20 Finland FIN 295.0
16 Oswald Junkes 31 Germany GER 290.0
17 Einar Eriksson 30 Sweden SWE 290.0
18 James van Rensburg 28 South Africa RSA 285.0
19 Giovanni Cocco 31 Italy ITA 282.5
20 Henri Colans 37 Belgium BEL 280.0
21 Henryk Skowronek 29 Poland POL 272.5
AC Carlos Chávez 27 Panama PAN [90.0]