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Weightlifting at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Men's Bantamweight

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Exhibition Hall II, Helsinki
Date Started: July 25, 1952
Date Finished: July 25, 1952
Format: Total of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: URS Ivan Udodov
Silver: IRI Mahmoud Namdjou
Bronze: IRI Ali Mirzai


Iran’s [Mahmoud Namdjou] was a strong favorite, having won the World title in 1949-51, after placing fifth at the 1948 Olympics. None of the 1948 medalists returned and one other omission was that the United States had no entrant in this class. Namdjou trailed his countryman, [Ali Mirzai], after the press, 95.0 to 90.0, but both would eventually be beaten by Soviet bantamweight [Ivan Udodov], who had no international record. Namdjou held on to win the silver medal while Mirzai took a bronze, as Iran placed two athletes on the podium for the first time at the Olympics. This would not happen again until 2012, when Iran won gold and silver in super-heavyweight weightlifting. Udodov never competed at the Olympics again, but he won the 1953 World Championship as a bantamweight, then moved up in class and won World silvers in 1954-55.

View a Phase of this EventFinal StandingsMilitary PressSnatchClean & Jerk2nd Phase Summary

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Ivan Udodov 28 Soviet Union URS Gold 315.0 =WR
2 Mahmoud Namdjou 33 Iran IRI Silver 307.5
3 Ali Mirzai 23 Iran IRI Bronze 300.0
4 Kim Hae-Nam 23 South Korea KOR 295.0
5 Kamal Mahgoub 30 Egypt EGY 292.5
6 Pedro Landero 38 Philippines PHI 292.5
7 Maurice Megennis 22 Great Britain GBR 280.0
8 Lon bin Mohamed Noor Singapore SGP 275.0
9 Rosaire Smith 38 Canada CAN 275.0
10 Karel Saitl 27 Czechoslovakia TCH 272.5
11 Nils Jacobsson 23 Sweden SWE 272.5
12 Marcel Thévenet 37 France FRA 270.0
13 Aarne Vehkonen 24 Finland FIN 267.5
14 Josef Schuster 45 Germany GER 267.5
15 Nicolas Vivas 27 Puerto Rico PUR 265.0
16 Roland Magnenat 29 Switzerland SUI 250.0
17 Augustyn Dziedzic 24 Poland POL 245.0
AC Alexandru Cosma 26 Romania ROU [70.0]
AC Isamu Shiraishi 31 Japan JPN DNF