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Weightlifting at the 1960 Roma Summer Games

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Host City: Roma, Italy
Date Started: September 7, 1960
Date Finished: September 7, 1960
Events: 7

Participants: 172 (172 men and 0 women) from 53 countries
Youngest Participant: ROU Fitzi Balaș (16 years, 250 days)
Oldest Participant: LUX Roger Hippertchen (36 years, 324 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 21 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): USA United States and URS Soviet Union (6 medals)


The 1960 weightlifting events were held at the [Palazzetto dello Sport], an arena specially constructed for the Rome Olympics, which was finished in 1957. The 1960 weightlifting program was precisely the same as in 1956, with seven weight classes for men, all at the same weight levels.

The competitions were dominated by the Soviet Union, which won six medals and five gold medals. The United States also won six medals, but only one gold medal, and this was the end of the line for the United States in Olympic weightlifting. While USA lifters won 27 medals between 1948-60, the United States' men would win only six more Olympic weightlifting medals from 1964-2012.