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Weightlifting at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's Featherweight

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Weightlifting Hall, Exhibition Lands (Hall 7), München
Date Started: August 29, 1972
Date Finished: August 29, 1972
Format: Total of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: BUL Norayr Nurikyan
Silver: URS Dito Shanidze
Bronze: HUN János Benedek


The last two gold medals had been won by Japan’s [Yoshinobu Miyake], but although he returned in 1972, he was no longer the dominant lifter in this class. In fact, his brother, [Yoshiyuki Miyake], had won the World Championships in 1969 and 1971, but he did not compete at the 1972 Olympics. The lead after the press was taken on bodyweight by Albanian [Ymer Pampuri], who worked as a circus clown and was completely unknown. He would place last in the snatch, which was excusable when one understands he had never performed that lift in competition prior to the 1972 Olympics. Pampuri was tied after the press with Bulgarian [Norair Nurikyan] and Soviet Georgian [Dito Shanidze], the 1968 Olympic silver medalist. Shanidze moved ahead after the snatch with Nurikyan 2.5 kg behind, tied with Hungarian [János Benedek]. In the clean & jerk, Nurikyan lifted 157.5 kg for a world record, which gave him a total of 402.5 kg, to equal Shanidze’s world record and win the gold medal. Shanidze won his second consecutive silver while Benedek took bronze.

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

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Norayr Nurikyan 24 Bulgaria BUL Gold 402.5 =WR
2 Dito Shanidze 35 Soviet Union URS Silver 400.0
3 János Benedek 27 Hungary HUN Bronze 390.0
4 Yoshinobu Miyake 32 Japan JPN 385.0
5 Kurt Pittner 29 Austria AUT 382.5
6 Rolando Chang 26 Cuba CUB 377.5
7 Mieczysław Nowak 35 Poland POL 375.0
8 Peppino Tanti 31 Italy ITA 367.5
9 Ymer Pampuri 28 Albania ALB 342.5
10 Chen Kue-Sen 25 Chinese Taipei TPE 327.5
11 Julio Martínez 23 Puerto Rico PUR 325.0
AC Jan Wojnowski 25 Poland POL [240.0]
AC Kenkichi Ando 22 Japan JPN DNF