Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): Shibuya Kokaido, Shibuya, Tokyo
Date Started: October 17, 1964
Date Finished: October 17, 1964
Format: Total of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.
[Arkady Vorobyov] had won the gold medal in this class in 1956-60, but had now retired and was coaching the Soviet team. Britain’s [Louis Martin], the 1960 bronze medalist, had won the 1962-63 World Championships and held the world record and was favored, with Poland’s [Ireneusz Paliński], 1961 World Champion and runner-up to Martin in 1962-63, considered his biggest challenger. Nobody expected much from Soviet [Vladimir Golovanov], who had little international reputation, and had never even won a national title. However, Golovanov lifted 165.0 kg in the press to lead, and also had the best snatch with 142.5 kg, equalled by Hungarian [Árpád Nemessányi]. When Golovanov jerked 180.0 kg, he set a world record total of 487.5 kg to win gold in a big upset. Martin was never really close, but also lifted 180.0 kg in the clean & jerk to take silver, with Paliński getting bronze.
|1||Vladimir Golovanov||25||Soviet Union||URS||Gold||487.5||=WR|
|2||Louis Martin||27||Great Britain||GBR||Silver||475.0|
|4||William March||27||United States||USA||467.5|
|12||Cheng Sheng-Teh||23||Chinese Taipei||TPE||430.0|
|15||Fernando Torres||22||Puerto Rico||PUR||407.5|
|AC||Lou Riecke||38||United States||USA||[147.5]|
|AC||Leong Chim Seong||23||Malaysia||MAS||DNF|