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Weightlifting at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Weightlifting Hall, Exhibition Lands (Hall 7), München
Date Started: August 31, 1972
Date Finished: August 31, 1972
Format: Total of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: BUL Yordan Bikov
Silver: LIB Mohamed Kheir Tarabulsi
Bronze: ITA Anselmo Silvino

Summary

This class was considered wide open with no clear favorite. Soviet lifter [Viktor Kanygin] had won the 1971 World Championships and took the lead after the press with 165.0 kg, but he then failed on all three snatch attempts and was out of the competition. The leaders after the snatch were Bulgarian Yordan Bikov and Lebanon’s [Mohamed Kheif Trabulsi], who both lifted 160.0 kg in the press and 140.0 kg in the snatch. Both were little known, although Bikov had won the clean & jerk at the 1971 Worlds, and Trabulsi had won a bronze in the snatch at the 1970 Worlds. When Bikov jerked 185.0 kg, the gold medal was his, with Trabulsi taking silver, just ahead of Italian Anselmo Silvino, who had also been overall bronze medalist at the 1971 World Championships. Through 2012, Trabulsi’s medal in 1972 is the only Olympic medal won by a Lebanese lifter.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Yordan Bikov 19 Bulgaria BUL Gold 485.0 WR
2 Mohamed Kheir Tarabulsi 21 Lebanon LIB Silver 472.5
3 Anselmo Silvino 26 Italy ITA Bronze 470.0
4 Ondrej Hekel 28 Czechoslovakia TCH 462.5
5 Franklin Zielecke 26 East Germany GDR 460.0
6 Gábor Szarvas 28 Hungary HUN 460.0
7 András Stark 22 Hungary HUN 460.0
8 Russ Knipp 30 United States USA 457.5
9 Fred Lowe 24 United States USA 457.5
10T Salvatore Laudani 24 Italy ITA 440.0
10T Tore Bjørnsen 28 Norway NOR 440.0
12 Panagiotis Spyrou 25 Greece GRE 430.0
13 Arvo Ala-Pöntiö 29 Finland FIN 427.5
14 Erling Johansen 27 Denmark DEN 425.0
15 Aimé Terme 26 France FRA 425.0
16 İsmail Bayram 18 Turkey TUR 412.5
17 Tony Ebert 25 New Zealand NZL 410.0
18 Natsagiin Ser-Od 31 Mongolia MGL 400.0
19 Mohammad Malik Arshad 24 Pakistan PAK 372.5
AC Keith Adams 22 Canada CAN [137.5]
AC Leopold Pichler 30 Austria AUT [145.0]
AC Vladimir Kanygin 23 Soviet Union URS [165.0]
AC Uwe Kliche 34 West Germany FRG [267.5]
AC Alfonso Rodríguez 23 Puerto Rico PUR DNF
AC Yossef Romano 31 Israel ISR DNF
AC Werner Dittrich 35 East Germany GDR DNF