Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, Victoria
Date Started: November 26, 1956
Date Finished: November 26, 1956
Format: Total of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.
American Tommy Kono had won Olympic gold in 1952 as a lightweight, but then moved up in weight and won World titles as a middleweight in 1953 and a light-heavy in 1954-55. He was world record holder in this class and as a heavy favorite in Melbourne, won the gold medal fairly easily, leading all three lifts, and breaking world records in the clean & jerk (175.0 kg) and total (447.5 kg). Behind Kono came the Soviet lifter Vasilijs Stepanovs, the 1955 European Champion who had been runner-up to Kono at the 1955 Worlds. Bronze went to Kono’s teammate Jim George, who would return in 1960 and win a silver medal in the class at Rome. George’s brother, Pete, won a silver medal as a middleweight in 1956, after having won gold in that class at Helsinki. Kono would drop back to middleweight for the 1960 Olympics and win a silver medal in that class.
|1||Tommy Kono||26||United States||USA||Gold||447.5||WR|
|2||Vasīlijs Stepanovs||29||Soviet Union||URS||Silver||427.5|
|3||Jim George||21||United States||USA||Bronze||417.5|
|5||Phil Caira||23||Great Britain||GBR||405.0|
|6||Václav Pšenička, Jr.||25||Czechoslovakia||TCH||400.0|
|10||Muhammad Iqbal Butt||26||Pakistan||PAK||337.5|