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Weightlifting at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games:

Men's Lightweight

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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: AUT Hans Haas
GER Kurt Helbig
Bronze: FRA Fernand Arnout


There were no European or World Championships between 1924 and 1928 so it was difficult to choose a favorite. German [Kurt Helbig] was tied for the lead after the press, but with his world record snatch of 102.5 kg, Austrian [Hans Haas] moved into a tie for the lead with Helbig. Both equalled the world record of 135.0 kg in the clean & jerk so they tied for first with 322.5 kg, slightly off the world record of 325.0 kg held by Helbig. In 1928 there were no tie-breaking rules so Haas and Helbig both won gold medals. Bronze went to France’s [Fernand Arnout], who was well behind at 302.5 kg.

Haas went on to win the European title in 1930 and 1931, while Helbig was second in that event in 1931 and 1933, and third in 1929, but he won the European middleweight title in 1930. Arnout was not heard from again in weightlifting.

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

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1T Kurt Helbig 26 Germany GER Gold 322.5 OR
1T Hans Haas 21 Austria AUT Gold 322.5 OR
3 Fernand Arnout 28 France FRA Bronze 302.5
4 Albert Aeschmann 27 Switzerland SUI 297.5
5 Willi Reinfrank 24 Germany GER 295.0
6 Jules Meese 31 France FRA 292.5
7 Anton Hangel 23 Austria AUT 287.5
8 Gastone Pierini 28 Italy ITA 282.5
9 Joseph Jaquenoud Switzerland SUI 275.0
10 Cor Tabak 20 Netherlands NED 270.0
11 Josef Matějček Czechoslovakia TCH 265.0
12 V. Van Hamme Belgium BEL 262.5
13 Menotti Pozzacchio 21 Luxembourg LUX 260.0
14 Gerrit Roos 29 Netherlands NED 255.0
15 Helge Sjögren 25 Sweden SWE 252.5
16 Henry Nissen 21 Denmark DEN 245.0
AC J. Adriaenssens Belgium BEL DNF
AC César Garibaldi Argentina ARG DNF