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Weightlifting at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): Shibuya Kokaido, Shibuya, Tokyo
Date Started: October 18, 1964
Date Finished: October 18, 1964
Format: Total of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: URS Leonid Zhabotynskiy
Silver: URS Yury Vlasov
Bronze: USA Norb Schemansky


[Yury Vlasov] (URS) had won the 1960 gold medal and had not been defeated since the Rome Olympics, winning the World Championships in 1961-63. Also the world record holder, Vlasov’s margin over the other lifters was huge, and he was virtually conceded the gold medal. When he broke his own world record in the press with 197.5 kg, the coronation seemed assured. His teammate [Leonid Zhabotinsky] led the snatch with 167.5 kg and was in second overall, but trailed by 5 kg. Vlasov put up 210.0 kg in the jerk, and seemed to have the gold medal when Zhabotinsky, on his second attempt, pulled 217.5 kg to his knees, then walked off the platform, shaking his head, seemingly in defeat. He then returned, a few minutes later, cleaned 217.5 kg, and easily jerked it overhead for a world record in the lift, giving him 572.5 kg and the gold medal over Vlasov in a huge upset.

Bronze went to American [Norb Schemansky] who had also won bronze in the class in 1960 and a silver in 1948. He won a gold medal as a middle-heavy in 1952, and his 1964 bronze medal made him the first Olympic weightlifter to win four medals. Zhabotinsky would return in 1968 at Mexico City and defend his gold medal. Vlasov never lifted competitively again, turning to writing short stories, novels, and poetry, and later became a politician.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Leonid Zhabotynskiy 26 Soviet Union URS Gold 572.5 OR
2 Yury Vlasov 28 Soviet Union URS Silver 570.0
3 Norb Schemansky 40 United States USA Bronze 537.5
4 Gary Gubner 21 United States USA 512.5
5 Károly Ecser 32 Hungary HUN 507.5
6 Mohamed Mahmoud Ibrahim 27 Egypt EGY 495.0
7 Ivan Veselinov 37 Bulgaria BUL 490.0
8 Hwang Ho-Dong 27 South Korea KOR 482.5
9 Don Oliver 27 New Zealand NZL 480.0
10 Serge Reding 22 Belgium BEL 477.5
11 Manfred Rieger 23 Germany GER 475.0
12 Manuchehr Borumand 30 Iran IRI 465.0
13 Arthur Shannos 26 Australia AUS 465.0
14 Oun Yao-Ling 24 Chinese Taipei TPE 460.0
15 Ernesto Varona 23 Cuba CUB 457.5
16 Abdul Khalik Juad 33 Iraq IRQ 445.0
17 Humberto Selvetti 32 Argentina ARG 445.0
18 Udo Querch 23 Austria AUT 442.5
19 Hadi Abdul Jabbar 34 Iraq IRQ 440.0
20 Brandon Bailey 31 Trinidad and Tobago TTO 425.0
AC Eino Mäkinen 38 Finland FIN [137.5]