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Weightlifting at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): Shibuya Kokaido, Shibuya, Tokyo
Date Started: October 14, 1964
Date Finished: October 14, 1964
Format: Total of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: TCH Hans Zdražila
Silver: URS Viktor Kurentsov
Bronze: JPN Masashi Ohuchi


[Aleksandr Kurynov] of the Soviet Union was the defending gold medalist and had won the World Championships in 1961-63 and should have been a clear favorite, but he was booted from the Soviet team in 1964 because head coach [Arkady Vorobyov] disagreed with his training methods. In his absence the medal race in middleweight was wide-open, but the Soviet chosen, [Viktor Kurentsov], had recently set a world total record. The lead after both press and snatch was taken by Japan’s [Masashi Ouchi], with Kurentsov well back, and Czechoslovak [Hans Zdražila] in second after a snatch of 137.5 kg. He lifted 177.5 kg in the clean & jerk to equal Kurentsov’s total world record of 445.0 kg and win the gold medal. Kurentsov lifted 175.0 kg in the clean & jerk to move up to a silver medal while Ouchi won bronze. In 1968, Kurentsov would improve to the gold medal in the class, and Ouchi would also move up, winning silver.

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

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Hans Zdražila 23 Czechoslovakia TCH Gold 445.0 =WR
2 Viktor Kurentsov 23 Soviet Union URS Silver 440.0
3 Masashi Ohuchi 21 Japan JPN Bronze 437.5
4 Lee Jong-Seop 28 South Korea KOR 432.5
5 Sadahiro Miwa 23 Japan JPN 422.5
6 Mihály Huszka 31 Hungary HUN 420.0
7 Rolf Maier 27 France FRA 417.5
8 Velichko Konarov 24 Bulgaria BUL 415.0
9 Víctor Ángel Pagán 25 Puerto Rico PUR 415.0
10 Mohammed Nadum 25 Iraq IRQ 407.5
11 Tiger Tan 31 Malaysia MAS 400.0
12 Chao Cheng-Hsueng 24 Chinese Taipei TPE 397.5
13 Pierre St. Jean 21 Canada CAN 395.0
14 Mike Pearman 23 Great Britain GBR 387.5
15 Pe Aye 28 Myanmar MYA 385.0
16 Joseph Haydar 25 Australia AUS 375.0
17 Abderrahim Tazi Morocco MAR 355.0
AC Werner Dittrich 27 Germany GER [135.0]
AC Heo Chang-Beom 23 South Korea KOR [255.0]