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Weightlifting at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Men's Light-Heavyweight

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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.

Gold: USA Tommy Kono
Silver: URS Vasīlijs Stepanovs
Bronze: USA Jim George

Summary

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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
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
4 Jalal Mansouri 26 Iran IRI 417.5
5 Phil Caira 23 Great Britain GBR 405.0
6 Václav Pšenička, Jr. 25 Czechoslovakia TCH 400.0
7 Marcel Paterni 20 France FRA 395.0
8 John Powell 25 Australia AUS 382.5
9 Willy Claes 19 Belgium BEL 357.5
10 Muhammad Iqbal Butt 26 Pakistan PAK 337.5