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Weightlifting at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Men's Featherweight

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): Theatre of the Insurgents, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 14, 1968
Date Finished: October 14, 1968
Format: Total of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: JPN Yoshinobu Miyake
Silver: URS Dito Shanidze
Bronze: JPN Yoshiyuki Miyake


Japan’s [Yoshinobu Miyake] was the defending gold medalist and had won both of the World Championships contested (1965-66) since Tokyo. He came to Mexico City as a strong favorite, but the competition was closer than expected. Miyake led Soviet Georgian [Dito Shanidze] by only 2.5 kg after the press, and was actually only tied with his brother, [Yoshiyuki Miyake]. Shanidze had no international reputation but was chosen for the Olympic team after finishing second at the 1968 Soviet Championships. After the snatch, Shanidze and Yoshiyuki Miyake were tied, both trailing Yoshinobu by only 2.5 kg. When Yoshinobu Miyake equalled his clean & jerk world record of 152.5 kg it enabled him to defend his gold medal, but only by 5 kg over Shanidze. Yoshiyuki Miyake never competed at the Olympics again, but Yoshinobu returned in 1972 in an attempt to three-peat but was no longer the dominant lifter, and finished fourth. Shanidze also returned in 1972, repeating as silver medalist.

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

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Yoshinobu Miyake 28 Japan JPN Gold 392.5
2 Dito Shanidze 31 Soviet Union URS Silver 387.5
3 Yoshiyuki Miyake 23 Japan JPN Bronze 385.0
4 Jan Wojnowski 21 Poland POL 382.5
5 Mieczysław Nowak 31 Poland POL 375.0
6 Nasrollah Dehnavi 18 Iran IRI 365.0
7 Yang Mu-Sin 26 South Korea KOR 365.0
8 Manuel Mateos 17 Mexico MEX 360.0
9 Mladen Kuchev 21 Bulgaria BUL 357.5
10 János Benedek 23 Hungary HUN 355.0
11 Dieter Rauscher 26 West Germany FRG 352.5
12 Ildefonso Lee 32 Panama PAN 350.0
13T Madek Kasman 31 Indonesia INA 345.0
13T Enrique Hernández 23 Puerto Rico PUR 345.0
15T Noe Rinonos 26 Philippines PHI 342.5
15T Mohon Lal Ghosh 24 India IND 342.5
17 Pedro Serrano 36 Puerto Rico PUR 322.5
18 Sanun Tiamsert 29 Thailand THA 320.0
19 Carlos Pérez 30 Nicaragua NCA 302.5
20 Francisco Echevarría 21 Guatemala GUA 277.5
AC Ramón Silfa 28 Dominican Republic DOM [177.5]
AC Chua Phung Kim 29 Singapore SGP DNF
AC Petar Yanev 23 Bulgaria BUL DNF
AC Chung Nan-Fei 40 Chinese Taipei TPE DNF
AC Chang Ming-Chung 25 Chinese Taipei TPE DNF
AC Gerald Perrin 21 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Miguel Angel Medina 27 Mexico MEX DNF
AC Luís Paquete 28 Portugal POR DNF