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Weightlifting at the 1960 Roma Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight

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Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Minor Sports Palace, Roma
Date Started: September 8, 1960
Date Finished: September 8, 1960
Format: Total of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: URS Aleksandr Kurynov
Silver: USA Tommy Kono
Bronze: HUN Győző Veres


The favorite was American [Tommy Kono], who had won gold medals at Helsinki as a lightweight and Melbourne as a light-heavyweight. He was World Champion in this class from 1957-59 and came into Rome as the world record holder. His biggest opponent was expected to be Soviet [Aleksandr Kurynov], although he had no international reputation prior to 1960. Kono led after the press with 140.0 kg, but Kurynov lifted 132.5 kg in the snatch and the two were tied entering the clean & jerk. Kurynov then lifted a world record 170.0 kg, which broke Kono’s total world record with 437.5 kg, and brought him the gold medal.

Kono continued to compete through 1964 but retired when he failed to make the USA team for Tokyo. Kurynov became the top lifter in this class in the early 1960s, winning the World title from 1961-63 and the European title from 1960-63. He was left off the 1964 Soviet team by head coach [Arkady Vorobyov], who did not approve of his training methods.

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

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Aleksandr Kurynov 26 Soviet Union URS Gold 437.5 WR
2 Tommy Kono 30 United States USA Silver 427.5
3 Győző Veres 24 Hungary HUN Bronze 405.0
4 Marcel Paterni 23 France FRA 400.0
5 Krzysztof Beck 30 Poland POL 400.0
6 Mohamed Tehraniami 24 Iran IRI 392.5
7 Go Yeong-Chang 34 South Korea KOR 385.0
8 Roland Lortz 23 Germany GER 382.5
9 Amer El-Hanafi 25 United Arab Republic UAR 382.5
10 Lee Jong-Seop 24 South Korea KOR 380.0
11 Rolf Maier 23 France FRA 375.0
12 Ivan Abadzhiev 28 Bulgaria BUL 370.0
13 Mustapha Adnane Morocco MAR 365.0
14 Mohamed Mourtada 30 Lebanon LIB 360.0
15 Carlos Caballero 33 Colombia COL 357.5
16 Harold Fraser 23 South Africa RSA 347.5
17 Daryl Cohen 25 Australia AUS 337.5
18 Georges Freiburghaus 33 Switzerland SUI 332.5
19 Mohamed Miloud Morocco MAR 327.5
20 Mirza Adil 17 Sudan SUD 290.0
AC Mikhail Abadzhiev 24 Bulgaria BUL [105.0]
AC Abdel Khadr El-Touni 36 United Arab Republic UAR [120.0]
AC Ko Bu-Beng 23 Chinese Taipei TPE [215.0]
AC Jue Chin-Shen 21 Chinese Taipei TPE DNF
AC Ambrosio Solorzano 22 Venezuela VEN DNF
AC Blair Blenman 27 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Donald Bayley 28 Australia AUS DNF