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Weightlifting at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Men's Lightweight

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): Theatre of the Insurgents, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 15, 1968
Date Finished: October 15, 1968
Format: Total of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: POL Waldemar Baszanowski
Silver: IRI Parviz Jalayer
Bronze: POL Marian Zieliński


[Waldemar Baszanowski] of Poland was the defending gold medalist and considered by many as the greatest lifter of the 1960s. He repeated as Olympic champion fairly comfortably, taking a 7.5 kg lead after the snatch and winning by 15 kg over Iran’s [Parviz Jalayer], who had been third at the 1966 World Championships, although Baszanowski did not compete that year. Bronze went to Baszanowski’s teammate, [Marian Zieliński], who had also been the bronze medalist at Tokyo in 1964, and had won a bronze medal as a featherweight in 1956. Baszanowski returned to the Olympics in 1972, but no longer the dominant lifter he had once been, placed fourth. Baszanowski was voted the third greatest weightlifter of all-time in several polls at the end of the 20th century, trailing Turkey’s [Naim Suleymanoğlu] and Hungary’s [Imre Földi].

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Waldemar Baszanowski 33 Poland POL Gold 437.5 OR
2 Parviz Jalayer 29 Iran IRI Silver 422.5
3 Marian Zieliński 38 Poland POL Bronze 420.0
4 Nobuyuki Hatta 23 Japan JPN 417.5
5 Won Sin-Hui 22 South Korea KOR 415.0
6 János Bagócs 23 Hungary HUN 412.5
7 Takeo Kimura 24 Japan JPN 405.0
8 Kostadin Tilev 26 Bulgaria BUL 397.5
9 Ondrej Hekel 24 Czechoslovakia TCH 390.0
10 Uwe Kliche 30 West Germany FRG 390.0
11 Zuhair Elia Mansour 28 Iraq IRQ 387.5
12 Rilko Florov 20 Bulgaria BUL 385.0
13 Anselmo Silvino 22 Italy ITA 385.0
14 Mohamed Kheir Tarabulsi 18 Lebanon LIB 377.5
15 Mauro Alanís 34 Mexico MEX 360.0
16 Hugo Gittens 32 Trinidad and Tobago TTO 360.0
17 Chen Chia-Nan 26 Chinese Taipei TPE 355.0
18 Eun Tin Loy 29 Malaysia MAS 347.5
19 Mario Mendoza 24 Belize BIZ 280.0
AC Valerio Fontanals 20 El Salvador ESA [185.0]