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Weightlifting at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Men's Bantamweight

Weightlifting at the 1948 Summer Games: Next Summer Games


Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Empress Hall, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Kensington, London
Date Started: August 9, 1948
Date Finished: August 9, 1948
Format: Total of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: USA Joe DePietro
Silver: GBR Julian Creus
Bronze: USA Rich Tom


This was a new class at the Olympics, and it had first been held at the World Championships in 1947 where American [Joe DePietro] won the title followed by his teammate [Rich Tom]. DePietro was very short, with his height variously reported as anywhere from 137-147 cm (4-6 to 4-10). His arms were so short that at full extension the bar barely cleared his head. He took the lead early in London with a press of 105.0 kg, which gave him a 12.5 kg lead over Britain’s [Abe Greenhalgh]. After the snatch DePietro led Tom and Britain’s [Julian Creus] by 17.5 kg, and all he needed to do was lift cleanly in the clean & jerk to clinch the gold. His lift of 112.5 in the clean & jerk was bettered by four lifters, but it was enough to give DePietro the gold medal and a world record. In the final lift, Creus outlifted Tom to garner the silver medal. DePietro came back in 1949 to place third at the World Championships, which were won by Iran’s [Mahmoud Namdjou], who placed fifth in London.

View a Phase of this EventFinal StandingsSnatchClean & JerkMilitary Press2nd Phase Summary

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Joe DePietro 34 United States USA Gold 307.5 WR
2 Julian Creus 31 Great Britain GBR Silver 297.5
3 Rich Tom 27 United States USA Bronze 295.0
4 Lee Gyu-Hyeok South Korea KOR 290.0
5 Mahmoud Namdjou 29 Iran IRI 287.5
6 Marcel Thévenet 33 France FRA 280.0
7 Rosaire Smith 34 Canada CAN 277.5
8 Maurice Crow 23 New Zealand NZL 272.5
9 Keith Caple 25 Australia AUS 272.5
10 Pak Dong-Uk South Korea KOR 272.5
11 Abdel Hamid Yacout Egypt EGY 272.5
12 Ernő Porubszky 35 Hungary HUN 270.0
13 Abe Greenhalgh 28 Great Britain GBR 267.5
14 Einar Sundström 28 Finland FIN 267.5
15 Maung Win Maung Myanmar MYA 265.0
16 Eugène Wattier 33 France FRA 260.0
17 Josef Vojtech 22 Austria AUT 255.0
18 Pentti Kotvio 27 Finland FIN 247.5
19 Marcelino Salas Mexico MEX 230.0