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Weightlifting at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Men's Featherweight

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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: EGY Mahmoud Fayad
Silver: TTO Rodney Wilkes
Bronze: IRI Jafar Salmasi


The 1946 and 1947 World Championships were won by [Arvid Andersson] (SWE) and Robert Higgins (USA). Andersson, also the world record holder in the class, was present in London but would struggle and place only 13th, while Higgins failed to make the American team in 1948. The USA was led in this class by [Emerick Ishikawa], who had placed third at the 1947 Worlds, also trailing Korea’s [Nam Su-Il], who was also competing in London. The lead in the press was taken by Iran’s [Jafar Salmasi], with an Olympic record of 100.0 kg. Egypt’s [Mahmoud Fayad] was only in fifth after the press, lifting 92.5 kg, but he broke the world record in both the snatch and clean & jerk to win the gold medal, and also set a total world record. The silver medal went to Trinidad’s [Rodney Wilkes], who earned the first Olympic medal for that Caribbean nation. Salmasi won the bronze medal, the first Olympic medal ever won by Iran. Nam and Ishikawa both lifted 307.5 kg, with Nam placing fourth, and Ishikawa sixth, based on bodyweight.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Mahmoud Fayad 23 Egypt EGY Gold 332.5 WR
2 Rodney Wilkes 23 Trinidad and Tobago TTO Silver 317.5
3 Jafar Salmasi 29 Iran IRI Bronze 312.5
4 Nam Su-Il 36 South Korea KOR 307.5
5 Rodrigo del Rosario 31 Philippines PHI 307.5
6 Emerick Ishikawa 27 United States USA 307.5
7 Johan Runge 24 Denmark DEN 305.0
8 Max Heral 21 France FRA 300.0
9 Richard Tomita 21 United States USA 300.0
10 André Le Guillerm 23 France FRA 300.0
11 Anton Richter 36 Austria AUT 292.5
12 Ibrahim El-Dessouki Egypt EGY 292.5
13 Arvid Andersson 29 Sweden SWE 292.5
14 Denis Hallett Great Britain GBR 292.5
15 Bálint B. Nagy Hungary HUN 290.0
16 Daniel Pon Mony 26 India IND 280.0
17 Simon Williams Jamaica JAM 277.5
18 Alphonso Correia Guyana GUY 275.0
19 Henri Colans 33 Belgium BEL 275.0
20 Sidney Kemble 34 Great Britain GBR 272.5
21 Alfonso Fiorentino Argentina ARG 260.0
22 Richard Rieder Switzerland SUI 255.0
AC Choi Hang-Gi South Korea KOR [85.0]