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Weightlifting at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games:

Men's Light-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: EGY Sayed Nosseir
Silver: FRA Louis Hostin
Bronze: NED Jan Verheijen


There were no European or World Championships between 1924 and 1928 so it was difficult to choose a favorite. The class was wide-open as no Olympic medalist from 1920 or 1924 was competing. There was a four-way tie after the press with 100.0 kg, but Egypt’s [Sayed Nosseir] moved ahead with a snatch of 112.5 kg. He and France’s [Louis Hostin] both set world records in the clean & jerk with 142.5 kg, giving Nosseir the gold and Hostin the silver medal.

Nosseir drew attention by raising his arms to the sky prior to each lift and asking for assistance from Allah. He later won the 1930 and 1931 European Championships as a heavyweight, and set 12 world records in light-heavyweight and unlimited classes, with four each in the snatch, clean & jerk and the total. Hostin would return to win the Olympic gold medal in this event in both 1932 and 1936, and win the 1930 European title.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Sayed Nosseir 22 Egypt EGY Gold 355.0 OR
2 Louis Hostin 20 France FRA Silver 352.5
3 Jan Verheijen 31 Netherlands NED Bronze 337.5
4T Václav Pšenička, Sr. 21 Czechoslovakia TCH 335.0
4T Jakob Vogt 25 Germany GER 335.0
6 Karl Freiberger 27 Austria AUT 322.5
7T Pierre Vibert 32 France FRA 315.0
7T Karl Bierwirth 20 Germany GER 315.0
7T Josef Zemann 21 Austria AUT 315.0
10 Otto Garnus Switzerland SUI 307.5
11 Olaf Luiga 19 Estonia EST 305.0
12 Willem Tholen 27 Netherlands NED 297.5
13 Jules Van Der Goten Belgium BEL 292.5
14 Nic Scheitler 17 Luxembourg LUX 275.0
15 Edmond Donzé Switzerland SUI 257.5