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Weightlifting at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Men's Lightweight

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Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, Victoria
Date Started: November 24, 1956
Date Finished: November 24, 1956
Format: Total of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: URS Ihor Rybak
Silver: URS Ravil Khabutdinov
Bronze: KOR Kim Chang-Hui


The weightlifting Cold War was on hold in this event as no Americans entered. The last three World Champions since Helsinki were also not entered, nor was Egyptian [Said Khalifa Gouda], who had won medals at the World Championships in 1953-55, which made picking favorites difficult. There were two Soviet lifters in the class, [Igor Rybak] and [Ravil Khabutdinov]. Khabutdinov took the early lead with a press of 125.0 kg, while Rybak’s mark of 110.0 kg left him in fifth place, but Rybak led the snatch phase with 120.0 kg, and moved into second, 5 kg short of Khabutdinov. When Rybak lifted 150.0 kg in the clean & jerk the gold medal was his, with Khabutdinov holding onto second despite a weak C&J of only 137.5 kg. Korean [Kim Chang-Hui] won the bronze medal, showing steady improvement at the Olympics, as he had been sixth in 1948 and fourth in 1952 in this class.

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

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Ihor Rybak 22 Soviet Union URS Gold 380.0 OR
2 Ravil Khabutdinov 27 Soviet Union URS Silver 372.5
3 Kim Chang-Hui 35 South Korea KOR Bronze 370.0
4 Kenji Onuma 25 Japan JPN 367.5
5 Henrik Tamraz 21 Iran IRI 365.0
6 Jan Czepułkowski 26 Poland POL 360.0
7 Ivan Abadzhiev 24 Bulgaria BUL 357.5
8 Nil Tun Maung 25 Myanmar MYA 352.5
9 Tiger Tan 23 Singapore SGP 350.0
10 Josef Tauchner 27 Austria AUT 347.5
11 Vern Barberis 28 Australia AUS 347.5
12 Willi Kolb 22 Germany GER 340.0
13 Ben Helfgott 27 Great Britain GBR 340.0
14 Américo Ferreira 22 Brazil BRA 335.0
15 Roger Gerber 22 France FRA 335.0
16 Luciano De Genova 25 Italy ITA 330.0
17 Guillermo Balboa Mexico MEX 320.0
AC Ney López 27 Colombia COL [222.5]