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Weightlifting at the 1948 London Summer Games

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Date Started: August 9, 1948
Date Finished: August 9, 1948
Events: 6

Participants: 120 (120 men and 0 women) from 30 countries
Youngest Participant: RSA Issy Bloomberg (18 years, 182 days)
Oldest Participant: AUT Fritz Haller (43 years, 60 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 18 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): USA United States (8 medals)


Weightlifting had had the same five classes – featherweight, lightweight, middleweight, light-heavyweight, and heavyweight – since the 1920 Olympics. At London, these classes were maintained with the addition of a bantamweight class (≤56 kg). The tournament was held at the [Empress Hall] at Earls Court Exhibition Centre.

Weightlifting had quickly resumed its World Championships which were conducted in Paris in 1946 and Philadelphia in 1947, so it was one of the few sports for which solid favorites existed in London. This was the last Olympic weightlifting tournament before the Soviet Union entered the Olympics, as they would make their international weightlifting début at the 1950 Worlds in Paris.