|Date||28 – 29 July 1928|
|Participants||18 from 12 countries|
|Format||Total of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement.|
There were no European or World Championships between 1924 and 1928 so it was difficult to choose a favorite. German Kurt Helbig was tied for the lead after the press, but with his world record snatch of 102.5 kg, Austrian Hans Haas moved into a tie for the lead with Helbig. Both equalled the world record of 135.0 kg in the clean & jerk so they tied for first with 322.5 kg, slightly off the world record of 325.0 kg held by Helbig. In 1928 there were no tie-breaking rules so Haas and Helbig both won gold medals. Bronze went to France’s Fernand Arnout, who was well behind at 302.5 kg.
Haas went on to win the European title in 1930 and 1931, while Helbig was second in that event in 1931 and 1933, and third in 1929, but he won the European middleweight title in 1930. Arnout was not heard from again in weightlifting.
|12||V. Van Hamme||BEL||262.5|