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Weightlifting at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight

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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: USA Frank Spellman
Silver: USA Pete George
Bronze: KOR Kim Seong-Jip


At the 1947 World Championships, American [Stan Stanczyk] won this class, defeating his teammate [Frank Spellman], while another American, [Pete George], won gold as a lightweight. George moved up in weight to compete in London as a middleweight, while Stanczyk also added weight and was in the light-heavyweight class, leaving George and Spellman as middleweight favorites. The defending champion from Berlin was Egypt’s [Khadr El-Touni], and he was back in an attempt to add another gold medal, and had to be considered, having won the 1946 World Championship. The lead in the press was taken by Korean [Kim Seong-Jip], third at the 1947 Worlds, followed by El-Touni, with Spellman third, and George trailing Kim by 17.5 kg. After the snatch, Spellman and El-Touni were tied at 237.5 kg, followed by Kim with George moving into fourth place. However, the Americans prevailed in the clean & jerk with Spellman winning the gold medal when George failed on his final attempt with 165.0 kg. Kim and El-Touni tied with a total of 380.0 kg but Kim won Korea’s first ever Olympic medal because of his lighter bodyweight (72.92 kg to 74.90 kg).

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Frank Spellman 25 United States USA Gold 390.0 OR
2 Pete George 19 United States USA Silver 382.5
3 Kim Seong-Jip 29 South Korea KOR Bronze 380.0
4 Khadr El-Touni 31 Egypt EGY 380.0
5 Gerry Gratton 20 Canada CAN 360.0
6 Pierre Bouladou 22 France FRA 355.0
7 Orlando Garrido 24 Cuba CUB 355.0
8 William Watson Great Britain GBR 350.0
9 Georges Firmin 24 France FRA 347.5
10 Joe Sklar Canada CAN 345.0
11 Lennart Nelson 29 Sweden SWE 335.0
12 Jan Smeekens 28 Netherlands NED 330.0
13 Nasr Sayed Mir Ghavami Iran IRI 327.5
14 Issy Bloomberg 18 South Africa RSA 327.5
15 Ernie Peppiatt 30 Great Britain GBR 327.5
16 Klement Schuh 32 Austria AUT 320.0
17 Armando Rueda 19 Mexico MEX 315.0
18 Julio Bonnet Argentina ARG 312.5
19 Fritz Mast 36 Switzerland SUI 310.0
20 Juan Rosso Argentina ARG 310.0
21 Orlando Chaves 27 Guyana GUY 307.5
22 Muhammad Iqbal Butt 18 Pakistan PAK 305.0
23 Roger Rubini 28 Switzerland SUI 292.5
AC Jørgen Moritzen 29 Denmark DEN DNF