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Weightlifting at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Men's Featherweight

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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 Ike Berger
Silver: URS Yevgeny Minayev
Bronze: POL Marian Zieliński


The defending champion was Georgian Soviet [Rafael Chimishk’iani], who was World Champion in 1954 and 1955, and European Champion in 1956, but he was not chosen for the 1956 Soviet Olympic team. Despite his absence the battle again came down to a Soviet versus an American lifter. [Yevgeny Minayev] opened with a world record press of 115.0 kg to take a 7.5 kg lead over [Ike Berger], but Berger tied the competition with a snatch of 107.5 kg. When Berger lifted 137.5 kg in the clean & jerk for a world record total of 352.5 kg, the gold medal was his. At Rome the two would return and resume their battle, with Minayev winning in 1960. Berger also competed at the 1964 Olympics, again winning a silver medal, that time behind Japan’s [Yoshinobu Miyake]. The bronze medal in Melbourne went to Poland’s [Marian Zieliński], who would compete at four Olympics (1956-68), winning three bronze medals.

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

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Ike Berger 20 United States USA Gold 352.5 WR
2 Yevgeny Minayev 23 Soviet Union URS Silver 342.5
3 Marian Zieliński 26 Poland POL Bronze 335.0
4 Rodney Wilkes 31 Trinidad and Tobago TTO 330.0
5 Hiroyoshi Shiratori 23 Japan JPN 325.0
6 Georg Miske 28 Germany GER 320.0
7 Tan Ser Cher 23 Singapore SGP 315.0
8 Lee Gyeong-Seop South Korea KOR 312.5
9 Jules Sylvain 30 Canada CAN 310.0
10 Takahiro Yamaguchi 20 Japan JPN 310.0
11T Maurice Megennis 27 Great Britain GBR 307.5
11T Julian Creus 39 Great Britain GBR 307.5
13 Hussain Zarrini 26 Iran IRI 305.0
14 Tun Maung Kywe 25 Myanmar MYA 297.5
15 Liem Kim Leng Indonesia INA 292.5
16 Keith Caple 33 Australia AUS 287.5
17 Koh Eng Tong Malaya MAL 285.0
18 Muhammad Bashir Pakistan PAK 247.5
AC Lim Jose-Ning Chinese Taipei TPE [87.5]
AC Rodrigo del Rosario 39 Philippines PHI [190.0]
AC Sebastiano Mannironi 26 Italy ITA [200.0]