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.
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.
|1||Viktor Kurentsov||27||Soviet Union||URS||Gold||475.0||OR|
|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|
|8||Fred Lowe||20||United States||USA||430.0|
|11||Albert Huser||32||West Germany||FRG||410.0|
|13||Luiz de Almeida||27||Brazil||BRA||407.5|
|16||Rudy Monk||32||Netherlands Antilles||AHO||400.0|
|17||Luis Fonseca||18||Costa Rica||CRC||335.0|
|AC||Daniel Gevargiz Nejad||28||Iran||IRI||DNF|