Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): Theatre of the Insurgents, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 13, 1968
Date Finished: October 13, 1968
Format: Total of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.
This class brought together two of the greatest small lifters of the 1960s – Hungary’s [Imre Földi] and Iran’s [Mohammad Nassiri]. There had been no World Championships in 1967 but at the 1966 meet they had finished 2-3 behind the defending champion, [Aleksey Vakhonin] of the Soviet Union, but he was no longer on the Soviet team because of undisclosed transgressions. In his absence Nassiri and Földi fought it out with Földi leading after the press and snatch by 10 kg, but Nassiri called for 150 kg in the clean & jerk, 9 kg above his own world record, and successfully lifted it to tie Földi with 367.5 kg, equalling the world record. Based on bodyweight, Nassiri won the gold medal and Földi silver. In 1972 at München they would reverse those positions, with Földi winning gold. Nassiri’s 150 kg lift in the clean & jerk would not be bettered at the Olympics until 1980.
|4||Gennady Chetin||25||Soviet Union||URS||352.5|
|6||Fernando Báez||27||Puerto Rico||PUR||345.0|
|9||Precious McKenzie||32||Great Britain||GBR||330.0|
|11||Chun Hon Chan||33||Canada||CAN||310.0|
|12||Tung Chye Hong||23||Singapore||SIN||302.5|
|13||Alex Martínez||29||El Salvador||ESA||267.5|
|AC||Salvador del Rosario||23||Philippines||PHI||DNF|
|AC||Chen Kue-Sen||21||Chinese Taipei||TPE||DNF|
|AC||El-Sayed Mohamed Herit||31||Egypt||EGY||[195.0]|