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Weightlifting at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight

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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: FRA Roger François
Silver: ITA Carlo Galimberti
Bronze: NED Guus Scheffer


There were no European or World Championships between 1924 and 1928 so it was difficult to choose a favorite. [Carlo Galimberti] (ITA) had won the gold in this class at Paris in 1924 but he would be shunted to second this time by France’s [Roger François], who had been sixth in Paris. Galimberti took the early lead with a world record of 105.0 kg in the press, but François moved 2.5 kg ahead after the snatch. Both lifted 130.0 kg in the clean & jerk to give the gold to François.

Neither was finished at the Olympics, however, as both returned in 1932, with Galimberti again winning silver, while François dropped back to fourth. Second would become commonplace for Galimberti, finishing in that position at both the 1930 and 1931 European Championships.

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

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Roger François 27 France FRA Gold 335.0 OR
2 Carlo Galimberti 33 Italy ITA Silver 332.5
3 Guus Scheffer 30 Netherlands NED Bronze 327.5
4 Franz Zinner 25 Germany GER 322.5
5 Gaston le Pût 24 France FRA 312.5
6 Willi Hoffmann Germany GER 305.0
7 Hussein Moukhtar 23 Egypt EGY 302.5
8 Jan Van Rompaey Belgium BEL 292.5
9T Alfredo Pianta Argentina ARG 285.0
9T Joop Zalm 30 Netherlands NED 285.0
11T Jan Kostrba 18 Czechoslovakia TCH 280.0
11T Marcel Van Der Goten Belgium BEL 280.0
13T Leonhard Kukk 21 Estonia EST 277.5
13T Frederick Attenborough 26 Great Britain GBR 277.5
15T Ernst Trinkler Switzerland SUI 275.0
15T Povilas Vitonis Lithuania LTU 275.0
17 Bohumil Sýkora Czechoslovakia TCH 270.0
18 John Tooley 30 Great Britain GBR 262.5
AC Hermann Eichholzer Switzerland SUI DNF
AC Karl Hipfinger 22 Austria AUT DNF
AC Bertil Carlsson 27 Sweden SWE DNF
AC Franz Nitterl Austria AUT DNF
AC François Bremer 28 Luxembourg LUX DNF