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Weightlifting at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight

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Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Venue(s): Power Sports Building, Amsterdam
Date Started: July 28, 1928
Date Finished: July 29, 1928
Format: Total of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement.

Gold: GER Josef Straßberger
Silver: EST Arnold Luhaäär
Bronze: TCH Jaroslav Skobla


There were no European or World Championships between 1924 and 1928 so it was difficult to choose a favorite. The 1924 gold medalist was Italy's [Giuseppe Tonani] and he was back in Amsterdam, but would finish only seventh. German [Josef Straßberger] took a big lead with 122.5 kg in the press and held it after the snatch, leading by 10.0 kg over [Rudolf Schilberg] of Austria. Schilberg dropped back to fifth, but Straßberger had an easy time winning the gold medal. Despite world records in the clean & jerk by Estonian [Arnold Luhaäär] and Czechoslovakia [Jaroslav Skobla], Straßberger won by 12.5 kg, with Luhaäär second and Skobla third.

All three medalists would win further Olympic medals in weightlifting, with Skobla moving up to gold at Los Angeles, while Straßberger dropped back to the bronze that year. Luhaäär again made the podium in Berlin with a silver medal. Straßberger won the 1929 European title and then won a bronze medal at that event in 1930-31 and 1933-34, while Luhaäär finished second at the 1933 Europeans and a bronze at the 1938 Worlds. Skobla had won the last World Championships held in this era, as a light-heavyweight, back in 1923. His son, [Jiří Skobla], won a shot put bronze medal at the 1956 Olympics.

View a Phase of this EventFinal StandingsMilitary PressSnatchClean & Jerk2nd Phase Summary

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Josef Straßberger 33 Germany GER Gold 372.5 OR
2 Arnold Luhaäär 22 Estonia EST Silver 360.0
3 Jaroslav Skobla 29 Czechoslovakia TCH Bronze 357.5
4 Kārlis Leilands 32 Latvia LAT 355.0
5T Rudolf Schilberg 33 Austria AUT 355.0
5T Josef Leppelt 28 Austria AUT 355.0
7 Giuseppe Tonani 37 Italy ITA 352.5
8 Hermann Volz Germany GER 340.0
9 Claudius Dutriève France FRA 330.0
10T Marcel Dumoulin 23 France FRA 327.5
10T Francesco Mercoli Italy ITA 327.5
12 Minus Verheijen 38 Netherlands NED 325.0
13 Harold Wood Great Britain GBR 315.0
14 Franz Riederer Switzerland SUI 300.0
15 Marcel Panen 17 Belgium BEL 280.0
16 Walter Gasser Switzerland SUI 267.5
AC Hendrik Verheijen 29 Netherlands NED DNF