Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Weightlifting Hall, Exhibition Lands (Hall 7), München
Date Started: August 30, 1972
Date Finished: August 30, 1972
Format: Total of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.
Poland’s [Waldemar Baszanowski] was the gold medalist in 1964 and 1968 and was considered the greatest pound-for-pound lifter of the 60s. He was back but had lost the last two World Championships to his teammate [Zbigniew Kaczmarek], although Baszanowski still held the world record with 450.0 kg. The lead after the press was taken by Bulgarian [Mladen Kuchev], who was unknown internationally, but set a world record with his lift of 157.5 kg. Soviet [Mukharby Kirzhinov], bronze medalist at the 1971 Worlds, then snatched 135.0 kg and he and Kuchev were tied going into the final lifts. When Kirzhinov cleaned & jerked a world record of 177.5, he had the gold medal with a world record total of 460.0 kg, followed by Kuchev, who matched Baszanowski’s prior world record. Kaczmarek won bronze, with Baszanowski placing fourth. Austrian [Walter Legel] originally placed 15th, but was disqualified for a doping positive, having been found with traces of amphetamines in his system.
|1||Mukharby Kirzhinov||23||Soviet Union||URS||Gold||460.0||WR|
|7||Won Sin-Hui||26||South Korea||KOR||427.5|
|9||Dan Cantore||26||United States||USA||420.0|
|11||Wolfgang Faber||28||East Germany||GDR||405.0|
|12||Werner Schraut||31||West Germany||FRG||402.5|
|15||George Newton||36||Great Britain||GBR||395.0|
|18||Ieuan Owen||31||Great Britain||GBR||375.0|
|AC||Pietro Masala||28||West Germany||FRG||DNF|