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Weightlifting at the 1960 Roma Summer Games:

Men's Lightweight

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Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Minor Sports Palace, Roma
Date Started: September 8, 1960
Date Finished: September 8, 1960
Format: Total of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: URS Viktor Bushuyev
Silver: SIN Tiger Tan
Bronze: IRQ Abdul Wahid Aziz

Summary

Soviet Viktor Bushuyev was World Champion in 1957-59, and held the world record coming in to Rome. In an event with no other major competitor, he was heavily favored. Bushuyev took the lead in the press with 125.0 kg, and was 15 kg ahead after the snatch. He easily won the gold medal, leading Singapore’s Tiger Tan by 17.5 kg. Tan, born Tan Howe-Liang, was the first Olympic medalist from Singapore. The bronze was won by Abdul Wahid Aziz, which through 2012, remains the only Olympic medal by an Iraqi athlete.

The fourth- and fifth-place finishers, both Poles, had the most impressive Olympic records of any of the competitors in this class. Marian Zieliński was fourth, after winning a bronze medal in 1956 as a featherweight. He would compete at the Olympics in 1964 and 1968, winning bronze medals in this class both times. At those Games, he trailed his countryman, the fifth-place finisher in Rome, Waldemar Baszanowski, who won lightweight gold at both Tokyo and Mexico City. One of the greatest lifters of the 1960s, Baszanowski won five World titles, five European titles, and was the first man to clean & jerk more than 2½ times his bodyweight.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Viktor Bushuyev 27 Soviet Union URS Gold 397.5 WR
2 Tiger Tan 27 Singapore SIN Silver 380.0
3 Abdul Wahid Aziz Iraq IRQ Bronze 380.0
4 Marian Zieliński 30 Poland POL 375.0
5 Waldemar Baszanowski 25 Poland POL 370.0
6 Mihály Huszka 27 Hungary HUN 365.0
7T Werner Dittrich 23 Germany GER 362.5
7T Zdeněk Otáhal 24 Czechoslovakia TCH 362.5
9 Ney López 30 Colombia COL 357.5
10 Jin O-Hyeon 24 South Korea KOR 355.0
11 Roger Gerber 26 France FRA 355.0
12 Fawzi Rasmy United Arab Republic UAR 352.5
13 Luciano De Genova 29 Italy ITA 352.5
14 Henrik Tamraz 25 Iran IRI 347.5
15 Juan Torres 24 Cuba CUB 345.0
16 Josef Tauchner 31 Austria AUT 340.0
17 Harry Webber 24 South Africa RSA 340.0
18 Ben Helfgott 30 Great Britain GBR 337.5
19 Robert Delebarre 19 France FRA 335.0
20 Clément Haeyen 33 Belgium BEL 325.0
21 Hans Kohler 30 Switzerland SUI 322.5
22 Tommy Hayden 33 Ireland IRL 307.5
23 Abderrahim Tazi Morocco MAR 307.5
24 Roger Hippertchen 36 Luxembourg LUX 280.0
25 Ibrahim Mitwalli 22 Sudan SUD 262.5
AC Ivan Yordanov 21 Bulgaria BUL [100.0]
AC Nil Tun Maung 28 Myanmar MYA [117.5]
AC Hiroshi Yamazaki 23 Japan JPN [217.5]
AC Abdul Ghani Butt 21 Pakistan PAK [217.5]
AC Neville Pery 22 Australia AUS [222.5]
AC Lee Taeg-Yeong 30 South Korea KOR [222.5]
AC Rudy Monk 24 Netherlands Antilles AHO DNF
AC Kenji Onuna 29 Japan JPN DNF