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Weightlifting at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's Super-Heavyweight

Weightlifting at the 1972 Summer Games: Next Summer Games


Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Weightlifting Hall, Exhibition Lands (Hall 7), München
Date Started: September 6, 1972
Date Finished: September 6, 1972
Format: Total of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: URS Vasily Alekseyev
Silver: FRG Rudolf Mang
Bronze: GDR Gerd Bonk


With the new heavyweight class added internationally in 1969, the unlimited class was now for lifters weight 110 kg or more, as the lifters were getting bigger and bigger. Soviet [Leonid Zhabotinsky] had won this division in 1964-68 but was now retired. His successor was [Vasily Alekseyev], who won the 1970 and 1971 World Championships. His biggest challengers were considered to be Belgian [Serge Reding], the 1968 silver medalist and 1969 World Champion, and American [Ken Patera], runner-up to Alekseyev at the 1971 Worlds. Reding failed to make a valid lift in the press, and Patera met the same fate in the snatch, leaving Alekseyev with no competition. He won the gold medal with a 30 kg margin over West German [Rudolf Mang], with East German [Gerd Bonk] in third place. Alekseyev would return at Montréal in 1976 and defend the gold medal. He tried to win a third gold medal in 1980, but missed his three snatch attempts in Moskva.

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

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Vasily Alekseyev 30 Soviet Union URS Gold 640.0 OR
2 Rudolf Mang 22 West Germany FRG Silver 610.0
3 Gerd Bonk 21 East Germany GDR Bronze 572.5
4 Jouko Leppä 29 Finland FIN 572.5
5 Manfred Rieger 31 East Germany GDR 557.5
6 Petr Pavlásek 25 Czechoslovakia TCH 557.5
7 Kalevi Lahdenranta 30 Finland FIN 555.0
8 Fernando Bernal 31 Cuba CUB 545.0
9 Ove Johansson 28 Sweden SWE 545.0
10 Terry Perdue 31 Great Britain GBR 512.5
11 Thamer Chaim 27 Brazil BRA 490.0
AC Ken Patera 28 United States USA [212.5]
AC Serge Reding 30 Belgium BEL DNF