Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Weightlifting Hall, Exhibition Lands (Hall 7), München
Date Started: September 4, 1972
Date Finished: September 4, 1972
Format: Total of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.
This was a new class, first added internationally at the 1969 World Championships. The favorite was Soviet Jaan Talts, an Estonian. His biggest competition was expected to come from American Bob Bednarski. Bednarski had won this class at the 1969 World Championships and won a bronze in 1970, but he never made the US Olympic team, failing in both 1968 and 1972. In his absence, Talts was unchallenged, taking a big lead after the press and increasing it in the snatch and jerk, winning by 17.5 kg over Bulgarian [Aleksandr Kraychev]. East German Stefan Grützner won the bronze medal, but did have the best mark in the clean & jerk with 207.5 kg.
|1||Jaan Talts||28||Soviet Union||URS||Gold||580.0||OR|
|3||Stefan Grützner||24||East Germany||GDR||Bronze||555.0|
|4||Helmut Losch||24||East Germany||GDR||547.5|
|8||Rainer Dörrzapf||22||West Germany||FRG||522.5|
|10||Frank Capsouras||25||United States||USA||520.0|
|11||Alan Ball||29||United States||USA||515.0|
|13||Dave Hancock||26||Great Britain||GBR||510.0|
|18||Ken Price||31||Great Britain||GBR||480.0|
|20||Pablo Juan Campos||21||Puerto Rico||PUR||472.5|