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Weightlifting at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Men's Light-Heavyweight

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): Theatre of the Insurgents, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 17, 1968
Date Finished: October 17, 1968
Format: Total of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: URS Boris Selitsky
Silver: URS Volodymyr Bieliaiev
Bronze: POL Norbert Ozimek

Summary

The Soviets brought two lifters for this class, led by [Volodymyr Bieliaiev], the world record holder and 1966 World Champion, and Boris Selitsky, a Russian only selected to the Soviet team after winning the 1967 national title, but he had already won the 1968 European Championships by the time of the Mexico City Olympics. Bieliaiev led after the press with 152.5 kg, but when both Soviets snatched 147.5 kg, they were well ahead. When Selitsky came through in the clean & jerk with 187.5 kg, both tied with 485.0 kg, equalling Bieliaiev’s world record. Based on bodyweight Selitsky won the gold medal and Bieliaiev the silver, with the bronze going to Poland’s Norbert Ozimek, the 1965 World Champion. The two Soviets never again competed at the Olympics, but Ozimek returned in 1972 and improved to the silver medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Boris Selitsky 30 Soviet Union URS Gold 485.0 =WR
2 Volodymyr Bieliaiev 28 Soviet Union URS Silver 485.0 =WR
3 Norbert Ozimek 23 Poland POL Bronze 472.5
4 Győző Veres 32 Hungary HUN 472.5
5 Karl Arnold 27 East Germany GDR 467.5
6 Hans Zdražila 27 Czechoslovakia TCH 462.5
7 Jouni Kailajärvi 30 Finland FIN 445.0
8 Lee Jong-Seop 32 South Korea KOR 440.0
9 Víctor Ángel Pagán 29 Puerto Rico PUR 435.0
10 Pierre St. Jean 25 Canada CAN 435.0
11 Rainer Dörrzapf 18 West Germany FRG 435.0
12 Gino Corradini 27 Italy ITA 427.5
13 Juan Curbelo 22 Cuba CUB 425.0
14 Mike Pearman 27 Great Britain GBR 425.0
15 Aldo Roy 26 Canada CAN 420.0
16 John Bolton 23 New Zealand NZL 420.0
17 Fortunato Rijna 30 Netherlands Antilles AHO 420.0
18 Peter Arthur 29 Great Britain GBR 415.0
19 Rudolph James 23 Guyana GUY 412.5
20 José Manuel Figueroa 29 Puerto Rico PUR 410.0
21 Rodolfo Castillo 35 Costa Rica CRC 357.5
22 José Pérez 23 Dominican Republic DOM 350.0
AC Neville Pery 30 Australia AUS DNF
AC Cedric Demetris 31 Jamaica JAM DNF
AC Joe Puleo 26 United States USA DNF
AC Irsan Husen 27 Indonesia INA DNF