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Men's Lightweight

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Weightlifting Hall, Exhibition Lands (Hall 7), München
Date Started: August 30, 1972
Date Finished: August 30, 1972
Format: Total of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: URS Mukharby Kirzhinov
Silver: BUL Mladen Kuchev
Bronze: POL Zbigniew Kaczmarek


Poland’s [Waldemar Baszanowski] was the gold medalist in 1964 and 1968 and was considered the greatest pound-for-pound lifter of the 60s. He was back but had lost the last two World Championships to his teammate [Zbigniew Kaczmarek], although Baszanowski still held the world record with 450.0 kg. The lead after the press was taken by Bulgarian [Mladen Kuchev], who was unknown internationally, but set a world record with his lift of 157.5 kg. Soviet [Mukharby Kirzhinov], bronze medalist at the 1971 Worlds, then snatched 135.0 kg and he and Kuchev were tied going into the final lifts. When Kirzhinov cleaned & jerked a world record of 177.5, he had the gold medal with a world record total of 460.0 kg, followed by Kuchev, who matched Baszanowski’s prior world record. Kaczmarek won bronze, with Baszanowski placing fourth. Austrian [Walter Legel] originally placed 15th, but was disqualified for a doping positive, having been found with traces of amphetamines in his system.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Mukharby Kirzhinov 23 Soviet Union URS Gold 460.0 WR
2 Mladen Kuchev 25 Bulgaria BUL Silver 450.0
3 Zbigniew Kaczmarek 26 Poland POL Bronze 437.5
4 Waldemar Baszanowski 37 Poland POL 435.0
5 Nasrollah Dehnavi 22 Iran IRI 435.0
6 Jenő Ambrózi 23 Hungary HUN 427.5
7 Won Sin-Hui 26 South Korea KOR 427.5
8 Masao Kato 22 Japan JPN 425.0
9 Dan Cantore 26 United States USA 420.0
10 Yusaku Ono 25 Japan JPN 417.5
11 Wolfgang Faber 28 East Germany GDR 405.0
12 Werner Schraut 31 West Germany FRG 402.5
13 Leopold Herenčić 24 Yugoslavia YUG 400.0
14 Francisco Mateos 25 Spain ESP 397.5
15 George Newton 36 Great Britain GBR 395.0
16 José Martínez 22 Colombia COL 380.0
17 Eleftherios Stefanoudakis 23 Greece GRE 380.0
18 Ieuan Owen 31 Great Britain GBR 375.0
19 Ildefonso Lee 36 Panama PAN 365.0
AC Radnaasediin Amgaased 19 Mongolia MGL [230.0]
AC Walter Legel 32 Austria AUT [395.0] DQ
AC Pietro Masala 28 West Germany FRG DNF