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Weightlifting at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Men's Featherweight

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): Shibuya Kokaido, Shibuya, Tokyo
Date Started: October 12, 1964
Date Finished: October 12, 1964
Format: Total of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: JPN Yoshinobu Miyake
Silver: USA Ike Berger
Bronze: POL Mieczysław Nowak


[Yoshinobu Miyake] had won the silver medal in this class at Rome. In 1962 he was World Champion as a bantamweight while in 1963 he moved up to featherweight and won the World Championships in this class. Miyake held the world record in the class and with the Japanese fans backing him, was a clear favorite. He would be challenged by American [Isaac Berger], the 1956 gold medalist and silver medalist in this class at Rome in 1960. The two tied with 122.5 in the press, but Miyake took a huge lead with 122.5 in the snatch, as Berger snatched only 107.5 kg, missing his second and third attempts at 112.5 kg, and dropping to third, behind Miyake’s teammate [Hiroshi Fukuda]. Miyake and Berger both set world records in the clean & jerk, lifting 152.5 kg, which gave Miyake the overall gold medal and a total world record of 397.5 kg, while Berger moved back up to a silver medal position. Poland’s [Mieczysław Novak] took bronze after lifting 150.0 kg in the clean & jerk.

Berger retired after the 1964 Olympics while Miyake continued to dominate the class, winning the 1965-66 World Championships, and repeating as gold medalist at Mexico City in 1968. He also competed in 1972 at München, placing fourth. Novak competed at the 1968 and 1972 Olympics, without medalling, but won the European Championships in this class in 1965-66 and 1968.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Yoshinobu Miyake 24 Japan JPN Gold 397.5 WR
2 Ike Berger 27 United States USA Silver 382.5
3 Mieczysław Nowak 27 Poland POL Bronze 377.5
4 Hiroshi Fukuda 22 Japan JPN 375.0
5 Sebastiano Mannironi 34 Italy ITA 370.0
6 Kim Hae-Nam 35 South Korea KOR 367.5
7 Rudolf Kozłowski 29 Poland POL 357.5
8 Hosni Abbas 32 Egypt EGY 342.5
9 Ildefonso Lee 28 Panama PAN 340.0
10 Chung Kum Weng 30 Malaysia MAS 335.0
11 Martin Eberle 33 Germany GER 335.0
12 Pedro Serrano 32 Puerto Rico PUR 332.5
13 Laxmi Kanta Das 26 India IND 332.5
14 Zuhair Elia Mansour 24 Iraq IRQ 330.0
15 George Newton 28 Great Britain GBR 325.0
16 Chang Ming-Chung 21 Chinese Taipei TPE 322.5
17 Mauro Alanís 30 Mexico MEX 315.0
18 Allen Salter 28 Canada CAN 312.5
19 Antonio Marguccio 24 Australia AUS 307.5
20 Enar Edberg 28 Sweden SWE 305.0
AC Fitzi Balaș 20 Romania ROU [115.0]
AC Sanun Tiamsert 25 Thailand THA [175.0]