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Weightlifting at the 1924 Paris Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight

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Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Winter Velodrome, Paris
Date Started: July 22, 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.

Gold: ITA Carlo Galimberti
Silver: EST Alfred Neuland
Bronze: EST Jaan Kikkas


The middleweight division was somewhat of a walkover, with Italian [Carlo Galimberti] winning by a margin of 37.5 kg. The pre-tournament favourite had been Estonia's [Alfred Neuland], the 1920 Olympic lightweight champion, and winner of the 1922 World title in that same division. Neuland had a good start, breaking the single-handed snatch World Record, but Galimberti won by 20 kg in the military press, setting a new World Record with two other lifters. Galimberti then proceeded to break the clean & jerk record as well with 127.5 kg. [Jaan Kikkas] duplicated this mark, which put him into third place overall. The quality of the Italian's lifts can be seen from the fact his total would have put him in second place in the light-heavyweight division, and in 7th in the heavyweight class. Galimberti was the son of Italian immigrants in Argentina, but he returned to Italy, where he worked as a firefighter. He had a long career, and still won an Italian title in 1939. He died later that year, when a boiler he tried to contain exploded.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Carlo Galimberti 29 Italy ITA Gold 492.5 OR
2 Alfred Neuland 28 Estonia EST Silver 455.0
3 Jaan Kikkas 31 Estonia EST Bronze 450.0
4 Ahmed Samy Egypt EGY 447.5
5 Albert Aeschmann 23 Switzerland SUI 442.5
6 Roger François 23 France FRA 442.5
7 Rupert Eidler 26 Austria AUT 437.5
8 Pierre Vibert 28 France FRA 427.5
9 Johann Gill Austria AUT 420.0
10 Dante Figoli Italy ITA 407.5
11 Ángel Rovere Argentina ARG 405.0
12T Alfredo Pianta Argentina ARG 402.5
12T Marcel Van Der Goten Belgium BEL 402.5
14 Enrico Pucci Italy ITA 397.5
15 Josef Tomáš Czechoslovakia TCH 392.5
16 V. Van Hamme Belgium BEL 390.0
17 Frederick Attenborough 22 Great Britain GBR 387.5
18 Nils Lidman 24 Sweden SWE 382.5
19T Michel Mertes 22 Luxembourg LUX 380.0
19T Marcel Horsch Belgium BEL 380.0
21 Léon Vandeputte 22 France FRA 372.5
22 John Austin Great Britain GBR 360.0
23 Fred Lowes Great Britain GBR 350.0
24 Rudolf Edinger 21 Austria AUT 347.5
25 Alberts Ozoliņš 27 Latvia LAT 340.0