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Weightlifting at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Date Started: July 25, 1952
Date Finished: July 25, 1952
Events: 7

Participants: 142 (142 men and 0 women) from 41 countries
Youngest Participant: BRA Bruno Barabani (20 years, 2 days)
Oldest Participant: GER Josef Schuster (45 years, 225 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 21 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): URS Soviet Union (7 medals)


The 1952 Olympic weightlifting competition was held at the [Messuhalli II], or Exhibition Hall II, in Helsinki. The biggest news was the first appearance of the Soviet Union in Olympic weightlifting and they would soon become the dominant nation, but in 1952 the battle for supremacy was quite close between the United States and the Soviet Union. The two nations ended up winning all seven events and 13 of the 21 medals, with the Soviets leading in medals won, 7-6, but the United States winning 4 events to the Soviet's 3. Also new in 1952 was the addition of the middle-heavyweight class, for those weighing between 82.5 and 90.0 kg. The class had been added at the 1951 World Championships and would herald the forthcoming inflation in the number of heavier weight classes in international weightlifting.