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Weightlifting at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Men's Bantamweight

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): Shibuya Kokaido, Shibuya, Tokyo
Date Started: October 11, 1964
Date Finished: October 11, 1964
Format: Total of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: URS Aleksey Vakhonin
Silver: HUN Imre Földi
Bronze: JPN Shiro Ichinoseki

Summary

Soviet Aleksey Vakhonin came in as the favorite after winning the 1963 World Championship in this class. Japan’s Yoshinobu Miyake was World Champion in 1962 and had won the silver medal at Rome, but he moved up to the featherweight class in Tokyo. In the press, Hungary’s Imre Földi took the lead over Vakhonin, 115.0 to 110.0 kg. Földi continued to lead after the snatch but Vakhonin moved up 2.5 kg. Vakhonin was able to win the gold medal with a lift that should have been a world record in the clean & jerk (142.5 kg), but by then he was overweight for the class so it counted only as an Olympic record. This gave him a world record total of 357.5 and the gold medal, with Földi taking silver.

Vakhonin went on to win multiple international titles but never competed again at the Olympics, as he was removed from the Soviet team prior to the 1968 Olympics for “conduct unbecoming a Master of Sport.” Imre Földi had one of the great careers of any weightlifter in the 1960s. He competed at five Olympics (1960-76), winning silver medals in this class in 1964-68 and a gold medal in 1972, and won the 1965 World Championship and four European Championships (1963, 1968, 1970-71). At the end of the 20th century, he was voted the second greatest weightlifter of all-time in several polls, trailing Turkey’s Naim Suleymanoğlu.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Aleksey Vakhonin 29 Soviet Union URS Gold 357.5 WR
2 Imre Földi 26 Hungary HUN Silver 355.0
3 Shiro Ichinoseki 20 Japan JPN Bronze 347.5
4 Henryk Trębicki 23 Poland POL 342.5
5 Yang Mu-Sin 22 South Korea KOR 340.0
6 Yukio Furuyama 26 Japan JPN 335.0
7 Yu In-Ho 35 South Korea KOR 335.0
8 Martin Dias 27 Guyana GUY 335.0
9 Róbert Nagy 24 Hungary HUN 330.0
10 Rajabi Eslami 27 Iran IRI 330.0
11 El-Sayed Mohamed Herit 27 Egypt EGY 327.5
12 Renzo Grandi 30 Italy ITA 327.5
13 Fernando Báez 23 Puerto Rico PUR 322.5
14 Mohon Lal Ghosh 20 India IND 312.5
15 Mohammad Nassiri 19 Iran IRI 310.0
16 Chit Mya 24 Myanmar MYA 310.0
17 Chua Phung Kim 25 Malaysia MAS 307.5
18 Chaiya Sukchinda 29 Thailand THA 302.5
19 Hector Curiel 27 Netherlands Antilles AHO 300.0
20 Muhammad Azam 25 Pakistan PAK 295.0
21 Gerald Hay 18 Australia AUS 290.0
22 Sam Coffa 28 Australia AUS 275.0
AC Chung Nan-Fei 36 Chinese Taipei TPE [95.0]
AC Sermbhan Chongrak 26 Thailand THA [185.0]