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Weightlifting at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Men's Middle-Heavyweight

Weightlifting at the 1952 Summer Games: Next Summer Games


Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Exhibition Hall II, Helsinki
Date Started: July 27, 1952
Date Finished: July 27, 1952
Format: Total of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: USA Norb Schemansky
Silver: URS Grigory Novak
Bronze: TTO Lennox Kilgour


This was a new event on the Olympic Program, having been added internationally at the 1951 World Championships, when it was won by American [Norb Schemansky]. Schemansky had won a silver medal at the 1948 Olympics as a heavyweight, held this world record in this class, and came to Helsinki as the favorite. He would not disappoint. The lead in the press was taken by Soviet lifter [Grigory Novak], who with 140.0 kg had a big lead on Schemansky, who pressed 127.5 kg, but that was as good as Novak would get. Schemansky lifted 140.0 kg in the snatch to Novak’s 125.0 kg, and when Schemansky cleaned & jerked 177.5 kg for a world record, that shattered his world record total with 445.0 kg, which led Novak by 35 kg. The bronze medal went to Trinidadian [Lennox Kilgour], who followed his countryman, [Rodney Wilkes], as an Olympic weightlifting medalist. Schemansky would move back to the heavyweight division and win Olympic bronze medals in both 1960 and 1964, making him the first Olympic weightlifter to win four medals.

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

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Norb Schemansky 28 United States USA Gold 445.0 WR
2 Grigory Novak 33 Soviet Union URS Silver 410.0
3 Lennox Kilgour 25 Trinidad and Tobago TTO Bronze 402.5
4 Mohamed Ibrahim Saleh Egypt EGY 397.5
5 Firouz Pojhan 25 Iran IRI 387.5
6 Ken McDonald 23 Australia AUS 385.0
7 Francisco Rensonnet Argentina ARG 370.0
8 Theunis Jonck 26 South Africa RSA 367.5
9 Luciano Zardi 21 Italy ITA 367.5
10 Kai Outa 21 Finland FIN 365.0
11 Börje Jeppsson 23 Sweden SWE 362.5
12 Jorge Soto 30 Puerto Rico PUR 357.5
13 Jørgen Barth-Jørgensen 20 Norway NOR 355.0
14 Bruno Barabani 19 Brazil BRA 355.0
15 Jens Jørn Mortensen 25 Denmark DEN 345.0
16 Gheorghe Piţicaru 26 Romania ROU 330.0
AC Robert Allart 38 Belgium BEL [110.0]
AC Kamineni Eswara Rao 33 India IND [212.5]
AC László Buronyi Hungary HUN [220.0]
AC Melville Barnett 31 Great Britain GBR [227.5]