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Weightlifting at the 1960 Roma Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight

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Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Minor Sports Palace, Roma
Date Started: September 10, 1960
Date Finished: September 10, 1960
Format: Total of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: URS Yury Vlasov
Silver: USA Jim Bradford
Bronze: USA Norb Schemansky


Soviet Aleksey Medvedev was World Champion in 1957-58, but was surpassed in 1959 by his teammate [Yury Vlasov], who was World and European Champion that year. Vlasov came to Rome as the favorite, where he was challenged by American [Jim Bradford], the 1952 heavyweight silver medalist, and [Norb Schemansky], the 1952 middle-heavyweight gold medalist. Bradford and Vlasov tied in the press with 180.0 kg, with Schemansky at 170.0 kg. Everyone else was well behind and the medals were settled if all three made a lift in the remaining two phases. Vlasov moved ahead after the snatch, lifting 155.0 kg, with both Bradford and Schemansky snatching 150.0 kg. Vlasov opened with a clean & jerk of 185.0 kg on his first attempt, but then improved to 195.0 kg and finally a stunning world record of 202.5 kg, the first legal lift over 200 kg. This lift world record gave him a world record total of 537.5 kg for the gold medal.

Vlasov returned in 1964 at Tokyo where he was upset by his teammate, [Leonid Zhabotinsky]. Schemansky competed at four Olympics, winning a medal each time – heavyweight silver in 1948, middle-heavyweight gold in 1952, and heavyweight bronzes in 1960-64, which made him the first weightlifter to win four Olympic medals.

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

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Yury Vlasov 24 Soviet Union URS Gold 537.5 WR
2 Jim Bradford 31 United States USA Silver 512.5
3 Norb Schemansky 36 United States USA Bronze 500.0
4 Mohamed Mahmoud Ibrahim 23 United Arab Republic UAR 455.0
5 Eino Mäkinen 34 Finland FIN 455.0
6 Dave Baillie 32 Canada CAN 450.0
7 Alberto Pigaiani 32 Italy ITA 450.0
8 Václav Syrový 26 Czechoslovakia TCH 445.0
9 Arthur Shannos 22 Australia AUS 435.0
10 Hadi Abdul Jabbar 30 Iraq IRQ 432.5
11 Cornel Wilczek 25 Australia AUS 430.0
12 Werner Arnold 29 Germany GER 425.0
13 Don Oliver 23 New Zealand NZL 425.0
14 William Swaluk 22 Canada CAN 412.5
15 Dennis Hillman 27 Great Britain GBR 402.5
16 Henri Mersch 30 Luxembourg LUX 340.0
AC Ivan Veselinov 33 Bulgaria BUL [270.0]
AC Bèto Adriana 35 Netherlands Antilles AHO [277.5]