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Weightlifting at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight

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Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): Germany Hall, Berlin
Date Started: August 5, 1936
Date Finished: August 5, 1936
Format: Total of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement.

Gold: GER Josef Manger
Silver: TCH Václav PÅ¡enička, Sr.
Bronze: EST Arnold Luhaäär


This was expected to be a battle between German [Josef Manger], who had won the 1935 European Championship, and world record holder [Václav Pšenička, Sr.] of Czechoslovakia, who had won the silver medal in this class at the 1932 Olympics. Manger went well ahead with a press of 132.5 kg and Pšenička could never catch up, as Manger won gold and Pšenička silver. Manger also bettered Pšenička’s world record with a total of 410.0 kg. The bronze went to Estonian [Arnold Luhaäär], who had been the silver medalist in the class at Amsterdam in 1928. Manger would continue to dominate this class in the next few years, winning the 1937 and 1938 World Championships, before international competition stopped because of the hostilities.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Josef Manger 23 Germany GER Gold 410.0 OR
2 Václav Pšenička, Sr. 29 Czechoslovakia TCH Silver 402.5
3 Arnold Luhaäär 30 Estonia EST Bronze 400.0
4 Ronald Walker 28 Great Britain GBR 397.5
5 Hussein Moukhtar 31 Egypt EGY 395.0
6 Josef Zemann 30 Austria AUT 387.5
7 Paul Wahl 29 Germany GER 375.0
8 Rudolf Schilberg 41 Austria AUT 372.5
9 John Grimek 26 United States USA 357.5
10 Marcel Dumoulin 31 France FRA 355.0
11 Václav Bečvář 27 Czechoslovakia TCH 355.0
12 Dave Mayor 19 United States USA 352.5
13 Ernst Fischer 32 Switzerland SUI 317.5