| Event type

Featherweight (≤60 kilograms), Men

Date14 October 1968 — 10:00-16:00
LocationTeatro de los Insurgentes, Ciudad de México
Participants28 from 22 countries
FormatTotal of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Japan’s Yoshinobu Miyake was the defending gold medalist and had won both of the World Championships contested (1965-66) since Tokyo. He came to Mexico City as a strong favorite, but the competition was closer than expected. Miyake led Soviet Georgian Dito Shanidze by only 2.5 kg after the press, and was actually only tied with his brother, Yoshiyuki Miyake. Shanidze had no international reputation but was chosen for the Olympic team after finishing second at the 1968 Soviet Championships. After the snatch, Shanidze and Yoshiyuki Miyake were tied, both trailing Yoshinobu by only 2.5 kg. When Yoshinobu Miyake equalled his clean & jerk world record of 152.5 kg it enabled him to defend his gold medal, but only by 5 kg over Shanidze. Yoshiyuki Miyake never competed at the Olympics again, but Yoshinobu returned in 1972 in an attempt to three-peat but was no longer the dominant lifter, and finished fourth. Shanidze also returned in 1972, repeating as silver medalist.

1Yoshinobu MiyakeJPN392.5Gold
2Dito ShanidzeURS387.5Silver
3Yoshiyuki MiyakeJPN385.0Bronze
4Jan WojnowskiPOL382.5
5Mieczysław NowakPOL375.0
6Nasrollah DehnaviIRI365.0
7Yang Mu-SinKOR365.0
8Manuel MateosMEX360.0
9Mladen KuchevBUL357.5
10János BenedekHUN355.0
11Dieter RauscherFRG352.5
12Idelfonso LeePAN350.0
=13Madek KasmanINA345.0
=13Enrique HernándezPUR345.0
=15Noe RinonosPHI342.5
=15Mohon Lal GhoshIND342.5
17Pedro SerranoPUR322.5
18Sanun TiamsertTHA320.0
19Carlos PérezNCA302.5
20Francisco EcheverríaGUA277.5
ACRamón SilfaDOM177.5
DNFChua Phung KimSGP
DNFPetar YanevBUL
DNFChung Nan-FeiTPE
DNFChang Ming-ChungTPE
DNFGerald PerrinGBR
DNFMiguel Ángel MedinaMEX
DNFLuís PaquetePOR