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Weightlifting at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Men's Middle-Heavyweight

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): Shibuya Kokaido, Shibuya, Tokyo
Date Started: October 17, 1964
Date Finished: October 17, 1964
Format: Total of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: URS Vladimir Golovanov
Silver: GBR Louis Martin
Bronze: POL Ireneusz Paliński


[Arkady Vorobyov] had won the gold medal in this class in 1956-60, but had now retired and was coaching the Soviet team. Britain’s [Louis Martin], the 1960 bronze medalist, had won the 1962-63 World Championships and held the world record and was favored, with Poland’s [Ireneusz Paliński], 1961 World Champion and runner-up to Martin in 1962-63, considered his biggest challenger. Nobody expected much from Soviet [Vladimir Golovanov], who had little international reputation, and had never even won a national title. However, Golovanov lifted 165.0 kg in the press to lead, and also had the best snatch with 142.5 kg, equalled by Hungarian [Árpád Nemessányi]. When Golovanov jerked 180.0 kg, he set a world record total of 487.5 kg to win gold in a big upset. Martin was never really close, but also lifted 180.0 kg in the clean & jerk to take silver, with Paliński getting bronze.

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

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Vladimir Golovanov 25 Soviet Union URS Gold 487.5 =WR
2 Louis Martin 27 Great Britain GBR Silver 475.0
3 Ireneusz Paliński 32 Poland POL Bronze 467.5
4 William March 27 United States USA 467.5
5 Lazăr Baroga 27 Romania ROU 460.0
6 Árpád Nemessányi 20 Hungary HUN 460.0
7 Jouni Kailajärvi 26 Finland FIN 452.5
8 Petar Tachev 26 Bulgaria BUL 445.0
9 John Lewis 21 Canada CAN 440.0
10 Kurt Herbst 23 Austria AUT 437.5
11 Sadık Pekünlü 26 Turkey TUR 435.0
12 Cheng Sheng-Teh 23 Chinese Taipei TPE 430.0
13 Ingvar Asp 26 Sweden SWE 422.5
14 Norbert Fehr 27 Germany GER 410.0
15 Fernando Torres 22 Puerto Rico PUR 407.5
16 Graeme Hall 22 Australia AUS 390.0
17 Mahmoud Shakir 29 Iraq IRQ 382.5
AC Lou Riecke 38 United States USA [147.5]
AC Leong Chim Seong 23 Malaysia MAS DNF