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|