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Weightlifting at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): Theatre of the Insurgents, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 16, 1968
Date Finished: October 16, 1968
Format: Total of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: URS Viktor Kurentsov
Silver: JPN Masashi Ohuchi
Bronze: HUN Károly Bakos

Summary

Viktor Kurentsov (URS) was the silver medalist in this class at Tokyo in 1964, but he was the world record holder in 1968 and had won the World Championships in both 1965 and 1966 – there was no World meet in 1967. He quickly put this competition out of reach by pressing 152.5 kg to take a 12.5 kg lead. When he cleaned & jerked 187.5 kg he won the gold medal by 20 kg over Japan’s [Masashi Ouchi], who had also trailed Kurentsov in 1964, winning a bronze medal at Tokyo. Kurentsov’s winning margin was the largest in the middleweight division since 1936 when Egypt’s Khadr El-Touni won by 35 kg.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Viktor Kurentsov 27 Soviet Union URS Gold 475.0 OR
2 Masashi Ohuchi 25 Japan JPN Silver 455.0
3 Károly Bakos 25 Hungary HUN Bronze 440.0
4 Russ Knipp 26 United States USA 437.5
5 Lee Chun-Sik 23 South Korea KOR 437.5
6 Werner Dittrich 31 East Germany GDR 435.0
7 Miloslav Kolařík 26 Czechoslovakia TCH 430.0
8 Fred Lowe 20 United States USA 430.0
9 Rolf Maier 31 France FRA 425.0
10 Sadahiro Miwa 27 Japan JPN 425.0
11 Albert Huser 32 West Germany FRG 410.0
12 René Gómez 24 Cuba CUB 407.5
13 Luiz de Almeida 27 Brazil BRA 407.5
14 Leif Jensen 20 Norway NOR 405.0
15 Abel López 21 Cuba CUB 405.0
16 Rudy Monk 32 Netherlands Antilles AHO 400.0
17 Luis Fonseca 18 Costa Rica CRC 335.0
AC Gioacchino Caracausi 23 Italy ITA [240.0]
AC Daniel Gevargiz Nejad 28 Iran IRI DNF
AC Khristos Iakovou 20 Greece GRE DNF