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Weightlifting at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Men's Bantamweight

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Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, Victoria
Date Started: November 23, 1956
Date Finished: November 23, 1956
Format: Total of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: USA Chuck Vinci
Silver: URS Vladimir Stogov
Bronze: IRI Mahmoud Namdjou


Since the 1952 Olympics, the World Championships had been won by three different men, with the 1955 title going to Soviet [Vladimir Stogov], followed by the American [Chuck Vinci], and they entered Melbourne as the favorites in this class. Stogov was the world record holder with a total of 335.0 kg. The competition was extremely close as both Stogov and Vinci lifted 105.0 kg in both the press and snatch, entering the clean & jerk tied at 210.0 kg. Vinci took the gold medal when he outlifted Stogov in the clean & jerk, 132.5 to 127.5 kg, giving Vinci a world record total of 342.5 kg. Stogov also bettered the previous world record. Vinci came very close to not even starting as he had difficulty making weight, and only did so at the last minute, aided by a haircut just before the weigh-in. The bronze medal went to Iran’s [Mahmoud Namdjou], the silver medalist from Helsinki, who had also been third behind Stogov and Vinci at the 1955 Worlds.

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

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Chuck Vinci 23 United States USA Gold 342.5 WR
2 Vladimir Stogov 25 Soviet Union URS Silver 337.5
3 Mahmoud Namdjou 38 Iran IRI Bronze 332.5
4 Yu In-Ho 27 South Korea KOR 320.0
5 Kim Hae-Nam 27 South Korea KOR 307.5
6 Yoshio Nanbu 43 Japan JPN 305.0
7 Reg Gaffley 27 South Africa RSA 305.0
8 Yukio Furuyama 18 Japan JPN 302.5
9 Song Re-Nado Chinese Taipei TPE 287.5
10 Gaston Gaffney 28 South Africa RSA 285.0
11 Aw Chu Kee Myanmar MYA 275.0
12 Valli Asari Mookan India IND 272.5
13T Michael Swain Guyana GUY 272.5
13T Charles Henderson 33 Australia AUS 272.5
AC Pedro Landero 43 Philippines PHI DNF
AC Habib Rahman Pakistan PAK [177.5]