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Weightlifting at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): Theatre of the Insurgents, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 19, 1968
Date Finished: October 19, 1968
Format: Total of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: URS Leonid Zhabotynskiy
Silver: BEL Serge Reding
Bronze: USA Joe Dube


[Leonid Zhabotinsky] had won the 1964 heavyweight gold medal in an upset over his Soviet teammate, [Yury Vlasov], but Zhabotinsky had not been defeated since 1964 and came to Mexico City as an overwhelming favorite. His victory was an easy one, with a margin of 17.5 kg over Belgium’s [Serge Reding], although Zhabotinsky took only one attempt in the clean & jerk. Reding tied American [Joe Dube] with 555.0 kg, but won the silver medal over Dube based on a lower bodyweight.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Leonid Zhabotynskiy 30 Soviet Union URS Gold 572.5 OR
2 Serge Reding 26 Belgium BEL Silver 555.0
3 Joe Dube 24 United States USA Bronze 555.0
4 Manfred Rieger 27 East Germany GDR 532.5
5 Rudolf Mang 18 West Germany FRG 525.0
6 Mauno Lindroos 27 Finland FIN 495.0
7 Kalevi Lahdenranta 26 Finland FIN 492.5
8 Don Oliver 31 New Zealand NZL 490.0
9 Piet van der Kruk 27 Netherlands NED 487.5
10 Terry Perdue 27 Great Britain GBR 487.5
11 Roger Levecq 33 France FRA 477.5
12 Leston Sprauve United States Virgin Islands ISV 467.5
AC Jean-Paul Fouletier 29 France FRA [320.0]
AC Hwang Ho-Dong 31 South Korea KOR DNF
AC Ove Johansson 24 Sweden SWE DNF
AC Ray Rigby 19 Australia AUS DNF
AC Ernie Pickett 32 United States USA DNF