Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): Shibuya Kokaido, Shibuya, Tokyo
Date Started: October 14, 1964
Date Finished: October 14, 1964
Format: Total of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.
[Aleksandr Kurynov] of the Soviet Union was the defending gold medalist and had won the World Championships in 1961-63 and should have been a clear favorite, but he was booted from the Soviet team in 1964 because head coach [Arkady Vorobyov] disagreed with his training methods. In his absence the medal race in middleweight was wide-open, but the Soviet chosen, [Viktor Kurentsov], had recently set a world total record. The lead after both press and snatch was taken by Japan’s [Masashi Ouchi], with Kurentsov well back, and Czechoslovak [Hans Zdražila] in second after a snatch of 137.5 kg. He lifted 177.5 kg in the clean & jerk to equal Kurentsov’s total world record of 445.0 kg and win the gold medal. Kurentsov lifted 175.0 kg in the clean & jerk to move up to a silver medal while Ouchi won bronze. In 1968, Kurentsov would improve to the gold medal in the class, and Ouchi would also move up, winning silver.
|2||Viktor Kurentsov||23||Soviet Union||URS||Silver||440.0|
|4||Lee Jong-Seop||28||South Korea||KOR||432.5|
|9||Víctor Ángel Pagán||25||Puerto Rico||PUR||415.0|
|12||Chao Cheng-Hsueng||24||Chinese Taipei||TPE||397.5|
|13||Pierre St. Jean||21||Canada||CAN||395.0|
|14||Mike Pearman||23||Great Britain||GBR||387.5|
|AC||Heo Chang-Beom||23||South Korea||KOR||[255.0]|