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Weightlifting at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: July 31, 1932
Date Finished: July 31, 1932
Format: Total of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement.

Gold: TCH Jaroslav Skobla
Silver: TCH Václav PÅ¡enička, Sr.
Bronze: GER Josef Straßberger


The defending champion was [Josef Straßberger] of Germany, who was the 1929 European Champion, and had won bronze at the Europeans in 1930-31. The top heavyweight since Amsterdam had been Egyptian [Sayed Nosseir], the 1928 gold medalist in light-heavyweight, who had won the European heavyweight titles in 1930-31 and held the world record of 400.0 kg coming into Los Angeles. But he did not compete in 1932.

Without Nosseir present, Straßberger seemed to have a clear path to gold but the best he could do was win bronze behind two Czechoslvaks, [Jaroslav Skobla] and [Václav Pšenička, Sr.]. All the medals were closely fought, with Skobla taking gold over Pšenička by only 2.5 kg. Pšenička and Straßberger tied at 377.5 kg but Pšenička won the silver medal based on lower bodyweight. He would repeat as silver medalist at Berlin in 1936. [Skobla's son] would win a bronze medal in the [shot put at Melbourne in 1956].

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

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Jaroslav Skobla 33 Czechoslovakia TCH Gold 380.0 OR
2 Václav Pšenička, Sr. 25 Czechoslovakia TCH Silver 377.5
3 Josef Straßberger 37 Germany GER Bronze 377.5
4 Marcel Dumoulin 27 France FRA 342.5
5 Albert Manger 33 United States USA 315.0
6 Howard Turbyfill United States USA 305.0