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Weightlifting at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight

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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 Fyodor Bogdanovsky
Silver: USA Pete George
Bronze: ITA Ermanno Pignatti


American [Pete George] was the defending gold medalist, and had won silver in this class in 1948. He was World Champion in 1954 and 1955 and in 1953 had won the World title as a lightweight. He came to Melbourne as a slight favorite over Soviet lifter [Fyodor Bogdanovsky], who had been second to George at the 1954-55 World Championships and held the world record. Bogdanovsky put George away early, with an Olympic record press of 132.5 kg, giving him a 10 kg lead, and George could never catch up, despite outlifting Bogdanovsky in the snatch. Bogdanovsky bettered his world record with 420.0 kg as George won the silver medal. The bronze medal went to Italian [Ermano Pignatti], who had been 1951 European Champion and had won bronze medals at the 1952-53 Europeans and a silver medal in 1954. George’s brother, [Jim], won a bronze medal in light-heavyweight weightlifting at Melbourne and would improve to a silver medal in that class at Rome in 1960.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Fyodor Bogdanovsky 26 Soviet Union URS Gold 420.0 WR
2 Pete George 27 United States USA Silver 412.5
3 Ermanno Pignatti 35 Italy ITA Bronze 382.5
4 Jan Bochenek 25 Poland POL 382.5
5 Kim Seong-Jip 37 South Korea KOR 380.0
6 Krzysztof Beck 26 Poland POL 380.0
7 Ibrahim Payrovi 23 Iran IRI 372.5
8 Adrien Gilbert 25 Canada CAN 370.0
9 Wong Kay Poh 27 Singapore SGP 365.0
10 Jannie Greeff 20 South Africa RSA 365.0
11 Winston McArthur Guyana GUY 352.5
12 Ko Bu-Beng 19 Chinese Taipei TPE 325.0
13 Fred Baugh Australia AUS 325.0
AC Carlos Caballero 29 Colombia COL [197.5]
AC Chan Pak Lum Malaya MAL [202.5]
AC Ingemar Franzén 29 Sweden SWE NVL