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Weightlifting at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight

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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: EGY Khadr El-Touni
Silver: GER Rudolf Ismayr
Bronze: GER Adolf Wagner


This class saw one of the most dominant performances in Olympic weightlifting history as Egyptian [Khadr El-Touni] won by 35 kg, bettering his own world record with a total of 387.5 kg. That mark would have won him the light-heavyweight division by 15 kg. El-Touni had the highest lift for all three phases of the competition, setting world records in both the press and snatch. El-Touni went on to win three world titles (1946, 1949-50), placing 3rd at the 1951 World Championships. He also competed in the 1948 Olympics, but illness prevented him from successfully defending his title and he placed fourth. El-Touni also recorded 16 world records, although only 11 of them were recognized.

Well back in Berlin were the silver and bronze medalists, both Germans, [Rudolf Ismayr], the defending gold medalist, and [Adolf Wagner]. Wagner would win silver (1937) and gold (1938) in this class at the next two World Championships, while Ismayr would win silver behind Wagner in 1938.

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

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Khadr El-Touni 19 Egypt EGY Gold 387.5 OR
2 Rudolf Ismayr 27 Germany GER Silver 352.5
3 Adolf Wagner 25 Germany GER Bronze 352.5
4 Anton Hangel 32 Austria AUT 342.5
5 Stanley Kratkowski 23 United States USA 337.5
6 Hans Valla 27 Austria AUT 335.0
7 Carlo Galimberti 42 Italy ITA 332.5
8 Pierre Alleene 27 France FRA 330.0
9 Stefan Lindeberg 24 Sweden SWE 327.5
10 Josef Hantych 24 Czechoslovakia TCH 327.5
11 Régis Lepreux 23 France FRA 315.0
12 Harold Laurance 21 Great Britain GBR 315.0
13 Albert Aeschmann 35 Switzerland SUI 315.0
14 Walter Good 28 United States USA 315.0
15 U Zaw Weik 25 India IND 310.0
16 Gyula Csinger 31 Hungary HUN 290.0