| Event type

Featherweight (≤60 kilograms), Men

Date 9 August 1948 — 19:00
LocationEmpress Hall, Earls Court Exhibition Centre, Kensington, London
Participants23 from 18 countries
FormatTotal of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

The 1946 and 1947 World Championships were won by Arvid Andersson (SWE) and Robert Higgins (USA). Andersson, also the world record holder in the class, was present in London but would struggle and place only 13th, while Higgins failed to make the American team in 1948. The USA was led in this class by Emerick Ishikawa, who had placed third at the 1947 Worlds, also trailing Korea’s Nam Su-Il, who was also competing in London. The lead in the press was taken by Iran’s Jafar Salmasi, with an Olympic record of 100.0 kg. Egypt’s Mahmoud Fayad was only in fifth after the press, lifting 92.5 kg, but he broke the world record in both the snatch and clean & jerk to win the gold medal, and also set a total world record. The silver medal went to Trinidad’s Rodney Wilkes, who earned the first Olympic medal for that Caribbean nation. Salmasi won the bronze medal, the first Olympic medal ever won by Iran. Nam and Ishikawa both lifted 307.5 kg, with Nam placing fourth, and Ishikawa sixth, based on bodyweight.

1Mahmoud FayadEGY332.5WRGold
2Rodney WilkesTTO317.5Silver
3Jafar SalmasiIRI312.5Bronze
4Nam Su-IlKOR307.5
5Rodrigo del RosarioPHI307.5
6Emerick IshikawaUSA307.5
7Johan RungeDEN305.0
8Max HeralFRA300.0
9Richard TomitaUSA300.0
10André Le GuillermFRA300.0
11Anton RichterAUT292.5
12Ibrahim El-DessoukiEGY292.5
13Arvid AnderssonSWE292.5
14Denis HallettGBR292.5
15Bálint B. NagyHUN290.0
16Daniel Pon MonyIND280.0
17Sigis WilliamsJAM277.5
18Alphonso CorreiaGUY275.0
19Henri ColansBEL275.0
20Sid KembleGBR272.5
21Alfonso FiorentinoARG260.0
22Richard RiederSUI255.0
ACChoi Hang-GiKOR85.0