Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Winter Velodrome, Paris
Date Started: July 23, 1924
Date Finished: July 23, 1924
Format: Total of best lifts in one-hand snatch, one-hand clean & jerk, military press, two-hand snatch, and two-hand clean & jerk determined placement.
The light-heavyweight division was one of the closest contests in the weightlifting tournament. Favorites included Swiss lifter [Fritz HÃ¼nenberger], the 1921 European Champion and silver medallist in Antwerp, [Jaroslav Skobla], the 1923 World Champion and [Leopold Friedrich], the defending World Champion in the middleweight. They were joined by a young Frenchman, [Charles Rigoulot]. Rigoulot had a small lead after four events over HÃ¼nenberger, and then increased it by 10 kg in the last event. But matters could have been different. In the one-armed clean & jerk, the Swiss lifted 112.5 kg, a new World Record. But to the anger of the crowd, the lift was ruled invalid by the judges, and he had to be content with his best result of 107.5 - still a World Record. One of his compatriots, [Dr. Anton SchÃ¤rer], also set a new World record, in the press.
Rigoulot soon turned professional, and had a very successful career. He later also became a racing driver, winning the Bol d'Or in 1937. A member of the French resistance in World War II, he supposedly once escaped imprisonment by breaking the bars with his bare hands.
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