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Weightlifting at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Men's Lightweight

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Empress Hall, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Kensington, London
Date Started: August 10, 1948
Date Finished: August 10, 1948
Format: Total of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: EGY Ibrahim Shams
Silver: EGY Attia Mohammed
Bronze: GBR Jim Halliday


The last two World Champions were Americans [Stan Stanczyk] (1946) and [Pete George] (1947) but, although both were present in London, they had moved up in weight. The 1936 featherweight bronze medalist, Egypt’s [Ibrahim Hassanien Shams] also moved up in weight, and competed as a lightweight in London. The leader after the press was Canada’s [John Stuart], with an Olympic record 107.5 kg, trailed by Shams teammate, [Attia Mohammed Hamouda], who lifted 105.0 kg. Hamouda had been the silver medalist in the class at the 1938 World Championships. Hamouda took the lead with a snatch of 110.0 kg, but Shams’ Olympic record of 115.0 kg moved him into second place. After Hamouda lifted 145.0 kg in the clean & jerk, Shams had to hoist 147.5 kg to tie him and win the gold medal on lower bodyweight. Shams backed off from the bar twice, but on his third approach, he quickly lifted it overhead cleanly to win the title. Britain [Jim Halliday] and American [John Terpak] tied for third at 340.0 kg, 20.0 kg behind the Egyptians, but Halliday won the bronze medal on lower bodyweight, 40 grams lighter than Terpak (about 1⅓ ounce).

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Ibrahim Shams 31 Egypt EGY Gold 360.0 OR
2 Attia Mohammed Egypt EGY Silver 360.0 OR
3 Jim Halliday 30 Great Britain GBR Bronze 340.0
4 John Terpak 36 United States USA 340.0
5 John Stuart Canada CAN 332.5
6 Kim Chang-Hui 27 South Korea KOR 330.0
7 Na Si-Yun South Korea KOR 330.0
8 Joe Pitman 23 United States USA 322.5
9 George Espeut Jamaica JAM 322.5
10 Jørgen Fryd Petersen 23 Denmark DEN 315.0
11 René Aleman 34 France FRA 315.0
12 Giuseppe Colantuono 19 Italy ITA 312.5
13 Ron Eland 25 Great Britain GBR 310.0
14 Sigvard Kinnunen 28 Sweden SWE 307.5
15 Frank Teräskari 27 Finland FIN 307.5
16 Gonzalo Alvarado Peru PER 305.0
17 Théophile Huyge 27 Belgium BEL 300.0
18 Salvador Lo Presti 25 Argentina ARG 300.0
19 Asadollah Mihani 30 Iran IRI 295.0
20 Hugo D'Atri Argentina ARG 295.0
21 Hugo Banda Mexico MEX 272.5
22 Fernando Louro 26 Cuba CUB 185.0