Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): Theatre of the Insurgents, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 19, 1968
Date Finished: October 19, 1968
Format: Total of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.
[Leonid Zhabotinsky] had won the 1964 heavyweight gold medal in an upset over his Soviet teammate, Yury Vlasov, but Zhabotinsky had not been defeated since 1964 and came to Mexico City as an overwhelming favorite. His victory was an easy one, with a margin of 17.5 kg over Belgium’s Serge Reding, although Zhabotinsky took only one attempt in the clean & jerk. Reding tied American Joe Dube with 555.0 kg, but won the silver medal over Dube based on a lower bodyweight.
|1||Leonid Zhabotynskiy||30||Soviet Union||URS||Gold||572.5||OR|
|3||Joe Dube||24||United States||USA||Bronze||555.0|
|4||Manfred Rieger||27||East Germany||GDR||532.5|
|5||Rudolf Mang||18||West Germany||FRG||525.0|
|8||Don Oliver||31||New Zealand||NZL||490.0|
|9||Piet van der Kruk||27||Netherlands||NED||487.5|
|10||Terry Perdue||27||Great Britain||GBR||487.5|
|12||Leston Sprauve||United States Virgin Islands||ISV||467.5|
|AC||Hwang Ho-Dong||31||South Korea||KOR||DNF|
|AC||Ernie Pickett||32||United States||USA||DNF|