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Weightlifting at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Men's Middle-Heavyweight

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): Theatre of the Insurgents, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 18, 1968
Date Finished: October 18, 1968
Format: Total of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: FIN Kaarlo Kangasniemi
Silver: URS Jaan Talts
Bronze: POL Marek Gołąb

Summary

This class was unusual as the favorite was a Finn, Kaarlo Kangasniemi, the current world record holder with 522.5 kg. He was expected to be challenged by Soviet Jaan Talts, who in 1967 had become the first middle-heavy to break the 500 kg barrier. In the end, Kangasniemi was simply too strong. He led Talts by 12.5 kg after the press, and by 20 kg after the snatch, and although Talts broke the world clean & jerk record with 197.5 kg, the gold went to the Finn by 10 kg, with Talts taking silver. Bronze went to Poland’s Marek Gołąb, who had also won bronze at the 1966 World Championships and the 1964 and 1966 European Championships. Talts would move up in class and won the gold medal at München in the new heavyweight class (≤110.0 kg), while Kangasniemi would move down to the light-heavyweights, but finished only sixth in 1972.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Kaarlo Kangasniemi 27 Finland FIN Gold 517.5 OR
2 Jaan Talts 24 Soviet Union URS Silver 507.5
3 Marek Gołąb 28 Poland POL Bronze 495.0
4 Bo Johansson 23 Sweden SWE 492.5
5 Jaakko Kailajärvi 27 Finland FIN 485.0
6 Árpád Nemessányi 24 Hungary HUN 482.5
7 Phil Grippaldi 22 United States USA 477.5
8 Vítězslav Országh 24 Czechoslovakia TCH 462.5
9 Robert Bartholomew 32 United States USA 457.5
10 Pierre Gourrier 21 France FRA 455.0
11 Bakr El-Sayed Bassam 28 Egypt EGY 455.0
12 Yun Seog-Won 34 South Korea KOR 455.0
13 Jean-Pierre Van Lerberghe 21 Belgium BEL 447.5
14 Stergios Tsoukas Greece GRE 435.0
15 Efrain Gusquiza 23 Peru PER 430.0
16 Andrés Martínez 24 Cuba CUB 427.5
17 Gaber Ali Hafez Egypt EGY 425.0
18 Cheng Sheng-Teh 27 Chinese Taipei TPE 425.0
19 Leong Chim Seong 27 Malaysia MAS 422.5
20 Sylvanus Blackman 35 Great Britain GBR 420.0
21 Paul Bjarnason 23 Canada CAN 407.5
22 Fernando Torres 26 Puerto Rico PUR 405.0
23 Fernando Esquivel 29 Costa Rica CRC 370.0
AC Oscar Nobua 19 Argentina ARG [125.0]
AC Óskar Sigurpálsson 22 Iceland ISL [145.0]
AC Louis Martin 31 Great Britain GBR [305.0]
AC Juan Benavides 26 Cuba CUB DNF
AC Géza Tóth 36 Hungary HUN DNF
AC Alfred Steiner 24 France FRA DNF