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Weightlifting at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Men's Lightweight

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): Shibuya Kokaido, Shibuya, Tokyo
Date Started: October 13, 1964
Date Finished: October 13, 1964
Format: Total of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: POL Waldemar Baszanowski
Silver: URS Vladimir Kaplunov
Bronze: POL Marian Zieliński


The three favorites were Poland’s world record holder [Waldemar Baszanowski], his teammate [Marian Zieliński], and Soviet [Vladimir Kaplunov]. They had won the last three World Championships and eight of the nine medals at the World in 1961-63, with Zieliński winning in 1963, Kaplunov in 1962, and Baszanowski in 1961. Zieliński and Kaplunov led after the press equalling the world record of 140.0 kg, but Baszanowski lifted 135.0 kg in the snatch to move into a tie with Kaplunov. When both lifted 165.0 kg in the clean & jerk they tied with a world record total of 432.5 kg, but Baszanowski weighed 67.15 kg to Kaplunov’s 67.50 kg, the class limit, which gave the gold medal to Baszanowski.

Baszanowski would go on to dominate this class in the 1960s, winning Olympic gold again in 1968, five World Championships and five European Championships. At the end of the 20th century, he was voted the third greatest weightlifter of all-time in several polls, trailing Turkey’s [Naim Suleymanoğlu] and Hungary’s [Imre Földi]. Kaplunov later moved up in weight to the middleweight class but retired after a lackluster 1966 season.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Waldemar Baszanowski 29 Poland POL Gold 432.5 WR
2 Vladimir Kaplunov 31 Soviet Union URS Silver 432.5 WR
3 Marian Zieliński 34 Poland POL Bronze 420.0
4 Tony Garcy 25 United States USA 412.5
5 Zdeněk Otáhal 28 Czechoslovakia TCH 400.0
6 Hiroshi Yamazaki 27 Japan JPN 397.5
7 Parviz Jalayer 25 Iran IRI 395.0
8 Alfred Kornprobst 24 Germany GER 385.0
9 Hussain Saleh 27 Egypt EGY 382.5
10 Mahmoud Rashid 21 Iraq IRQ 367.5
11 Hugo Gittens 28 Trinidad and Tobago TTO 367.5
12 Aziz Abbas 21 Iraq IRQ 365.0
13 Mya Thein 28 Myanmar MYA 360.0
14 Philippe Lab 23 Switzerland SUI 360.0
15 Bogomil Petrov 23 Bulgaria BUL 357.5
16 Sven-Erik Westlin 30 Sweden SWE 352.5
17 Rudy Monk 28 Netherlands Antilles AHO 350.0
18 Niras Haroon 22 Thailand THA 337.5
19 Boo Kim Siang 26 Malaysia MAS 335.0
AC Yeh Juei-Feng 26 Chinese Taipei TPE DNF