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Weightlifting at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games

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Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Date Started: November 23, 1956
Date Finished: November 23, 1956
Events: 7

Participants: 105 (105 men and 0 women) from 34 countries
Youngest Participant: JPN Yukio Furuyama (18 years, 121 days)
Oldest Participant: JPN Yoshio Nanbu (43 years, 247 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 21 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): URS Soviet Union and USA United States (7 medals)


Weightlifting events in 1956 were held at the [Royal Exhibition Building] in Melbourne, a Royal Heritage Site that was actually originally built in 1880 to host the Melbourne International Exposition. For the 1956 Olympics, it hosted weightlifting, wrestling, and the fencing portion of the modern pentathlon. There was no change in the weightlifting program in 1956, which saw the same seven weight classes as held in Helsinki in 1952.

The United States and Soviet Union resumed their Cold War weightlifting competition at Melbourne, which had started at Helsinki. Both won seven medals in 1956, with the two nations winning all seven events, four won by the United States and three by the Soviets. This would be the end of such battles at the Olympics, as this was the last Olympics at which the USA could be considered a weightlifting power.