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Weightlifting at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Lightweight

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: July 30, 1932
Date Finished: July 30, 1932
Format: Total of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement.

Gold: FRA René Duverger
Silver: AUT Hans Haas
Bronze: ITA Gastone Pierini


There were only six entrants with Austrian [Hans Haas] an overwhelming favorite. He was the defending gold medalist from Amsterdam, where he had shared the title with [Kurt Helbig], and was European Champion in 1930-31. Helbig was the world record holder and had been runner-up to Haas at the 1931 Europeans but he did not compete in Los Angeles. The lightweight was the first competition of the Los Angeles Games. The early lead was taken by Frenchman [René Duverger], runner-up to Haas at the 1930 European Championship. In the snatch Duverger extended his lead, and he won the gold medal quite easily, in a major upset. Haas hung on for the silver while the bronze medal was fought out between the two Italians, [Gastone Pierini] and [Pierino Gabetti], with Pierini making the podium.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 René Duverger 21 France FRA Gold 325.0 OR
2 Hans Haas 25 Austria AUT Silver 307.5
3 Gastone Pierini 32 Italy ITA Bronze 302.5
4 Pierino Gabetti 28 Italy ITA 300.0
5 Arnie Sundberg 26 United States USA 285.0
6 Wally Zagurski 21 United States USA 285.0