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Weightlifting at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's Light-Heavyweight

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Weightlifting Hall, Exhibition Lands (Hall 7), München
Date Started: September 2, 1972
Date Finished: September 2, 1972
Format: Total of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: NOR Leif Jensen
Silver: POL Norbert Ozimek
Bronze: HUN György Horváth

Summary

The two Soviet lifters in this class, [Boris Pavlov], the 1971 World Champion, and Valery Shary, both went out when they started at too high a weight in the press and missed all three lifts. Without them the gold medal was won in an upset by Norwegian [Leif Jenssen]. Jenssen had only recently moved up from the middleweight class, where he was the World Championship silver medalist in both 1970-71. Jenssen was followed by Poland’s Norbert Ozimek, the 1968 Olympic and 1970 World silver medalist in this class. Jenssen’s gold medal is the only Olympic medal won a Norwegian weightlifter, through 2012. Israeli David Berger was 18th after the snatch but failed to make a valid lift in the clean & jerk. Three days later, Berger was one of the 11 Israelis killed by Black September Arab terrorists after their attack on the Israeli quarters at the Olympic Village.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Leif Jensen 24 Norway NOR Gold 507.5 OR
2 Norbert Ozimek 27 Poland POL Silver 497.5
3 György Horváth 28 Hungary HUN Bronze 495.0
4 Bernhard Radtke 23 East Germany GDR 492.5
5 Khristos Iakovou 24 Greece GRE 490.0
6 Kaarlo Kangasniemi 31 Finland FIN 480.0
7 Rolf Milser 21 West Germany FRG 477.5
8 Juhani Avellan 26 Finland FIN 467.5
9 Dino Turcato 26 Italy ITA 455.0
10 Reinhold Platzer 33 Austria AUT 442.5
11 Mike Pearman 31 Great Britain GBR 435.0
12 Brian Marsden 24 New Zealand NZL 435.0
13 Anthony Ford 33 Great Britain GBR 435.0
14 Ib Bergmann 23 Denmark DEN 427.5
15 Luiz de Almeida 31 Brazil BRA 425.0
16 Jože Urankar 32 Yugoslavia YUG 425.0
17 Emilio Berroa 25 Dominican Republic DOM 407.5
AC Walter Hauser 28 Switzerland SUI [147.5]
AC David Berger 28 Israel ISR [255.0]
AC Mike Karchut 28 United States USA [305.0]
AC Víctor Ángel Pagán 33 Puerto Rico PUR DNF
AC Abel López 25 Cuba CUB DNF
AC Boris Pavlov 25 Soviet Union URS DNF
AC Valery Shary 25 Soviet Union URS DNF