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Weightlifting at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Exhibition Hall II, Helsinki
Date Started: July 26, 1952
Date Finished: July 26, 1952
Format: Total of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: USA Pete George
Silver: CAN Gerry Gratton
Bronze: KOR Kim Seong-Jip

Summary

Pete George had won a silver medal in this event at London in 1948. He was also second at the 1949 and 1950 World Championships, both times trailing Egypt’s Khadr El-Touni, the 1936 Olympic champion, but George came into Helsinki as the favorite after winning the 1951 World Championships, in which El-Touni placed third. El-Touni did not compete in Helsinki, but Kim Seong-Jip, bronze medalist at London, was back. Kim led after the press, tied with Canada’s [Gérard Gratton] with 122.5 kg, with George well back with 115.0 kg. George then moved into a comfortable lead with his snatch of 127.5 kg, and his clean & jerk of 157.5 kg was also the best of the competition, which brought him the gold medal. Gratton and Kim both lifted 112.5 kg in the snatch to remain tied, but Gratton won the silver medal with his clean & jerk of 155.0 kg, while Kim took the bronze medal. This was one of only two classes in Helsinki in which no Soviet lifter competed, the other being the heavyweight division.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Pete George 23 United States USA Gold 400.0 OR
2 Gerry Gratton 24 Canada CAN Silver 390.0
3 Kim Seong-Jip 33 South Korea KOR Bronze 382.5
4 Ismail Ragab 31 Egypt EGY 382.5
5 Moustafa Laham Lebanon LIB 370.0
6 Åke Hedberg 22 Sweden SWE 357.5
7 Ángel Sposato 30 Argentina ARG 357.5
8 Jalal Mansouri 22 Iran IRI 357.5
9 Frank Teräskari 30 Finland FIN 352.5
10 André Dochy 24 France FRA 350.0
11 Václav Pšenička, Jr. 21 Czechoslovakia TCH 350.0
12 Jan Smeekens 32 Netherlands NED 345.0
13 Jørgen Moritzen 33 Denmark DEN 340.0
14 Emmerich Bauer 24 Austria AUT 337.5
15 Fred Giffin 32 Australia AUS 335.0
16 Thor Olsen 22 Norway NOR 325.0
17 Muhammad Iqbal Butt 22 Pakistan PAK 325.0
18 Ilie Enciu 27 Romania ROU 322.5
19 Walter Dossenbach 30 Switzerland SUI 312.5
20 Jacques Flury 20 Switzerland SUI 310.0
AC David Pimentel 24 Mexico MEX [197.5]