| Event type

Middleweight (≤75 kilograms), Men

Date 8 September 1960 — 17:00
LocationPalazzetto dello Sport, Roma
Participants27 from 20 countries
FormatTotal of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

The favorite was American Tommy Kono, who had won gold medals at Helsinki as a lightweight and Melbourne as a light-heavyweight. He was World Champion in this class from 1957-59 and came into Rome as the world record holder. His biggest opponent was expected to be Soviet Aleksandr Kurynov, although he had no international reputation prior to 1960. Kono led after the press with 140.0 kg, but Kurynov lifted 132.5 kg in the snatch and the two were tied entering the clean & jerk. Kurynov then lifted a world record 170.0 kg, which broke Kono’s total world record with 437.5 kg, and brought him the gold medal.

Kono continued to compete through 1964 but retired when he failed to make the USA team for Tokyo. Kurynov became the top lifter in this class in the early 1960s, winning the World title from 1961-63 and the European title from 1960-63. He was left off the 1964 Soviet team by head coach Arkady Vorobyov, who did not approve of his training methods.

1Aleksandr KurynovURS437.5WRGold
2Tommy KonoUSA427.5Silver
3Győző VeresHUN405.0Bronze
4Marcel PaterniFRA400.0
5Krzysztof BeckPOL400.0
6Mohamed TehraniamiIRI392.5
7Go Yeong-ChangKOR385.0
8Roland LortzGER382.5
9Amer HanafiUAR382.5
10Lee Jong-SeopKOR380.0
11Rolf MaierFRA375.0
12Ivan AbadzhievBUL370.0
13Mustapha AdnaneMAR365.0
14Mohamed MourtadaLBN360.0
15Carlos CaballeroCOL357.5
16Harold FraserRSA347.5
17Daryl CohenAUS337.5
18Georges FreiburghausSUI332.5
19Mohamed MiloudMAR327.5
20Mirza AdilSUD290.0
ACMihail AbadzhievBUL105.0
ACAbdel Qader El-TouniUAR120.0
ACKo Bu-BengTPE215.0
DNFJue Chin-ShenTPE
DNFAmbrosio SolórzanoVEN
DNFBlair BlenmanGBR
DNFDonald BayleyAUS