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.
[Arkady Vorobyov] of the Soviet Union had won a silver medal in the light-heavyweight class at Helsinki, although the Soviet officials vigorously protested some of the rulings against his lifts and for the lifts by the American silver medalist [Stan Stanczyk]. Since 1952 Vorobyov had won three World titles, as a light-heavy in 1953 but moving up to middle-heavy in 1954-55, and as the world record holder in this class, he was a clear favorite. Vorobyov opened with a world record in the press, lifting 147.5 kg, and that was that. He led all three lifts, although American [Dave Sheppard] equalled his snatch of 137.5 kg, and finished with a world record total of 462.5 kg. Sheppard won the silver medal, 20 kg in arrears, while the bronze went to Frenchman [Jean Debuf].
Vorobyov would win the World Championship again in 1957-58 and defended his gold medal in the class at Rome in 1960. He was also European Champion in 1950, 1953-55, and 1958 and set 26 world records as a weightlifter. Sheppard was a four-time runner-up at the Worlds, never managing to beat Vorobyov, finishing second in 1951, 1953-54, and 1958. Debuf competed at four Olympics, improving from fourth in 1948 and fifth in 1952 to win his bronze medal in Melbourne, before finishing 11th in 1960. He was a three-time European Champion, winning as a light-heavy in 1949 and 1951 and a middle-heavy in 1956.
|1||Arkady Vorobyov||32||Soviet Union||URS||Gold||462.5||WR|
|2||Dave Sheppard||24||United States||USA||Silver||442.5|
|4||Mohammad Hassan Rahnavardi||29||Iran||IRI||425.0|
|6||Tan Kim Bee||Malaya||MAL||395.0|
|7||Lennox Kilgour||29||Trinidad and Tobago||TTO||390.0|
|9T||Sydney Harrington||30||Great Britain||GBR||385.0|
|11||Kamineni Eswara Rao||38||India||IND||380.0|
|AC||Park Dong-Cheol||South Korea||KOR||[120.0]|