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Karl Hipfinger

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameKarl•Hipfinger
Used nameKarl•Hipfinger
Born28 October 1905 in Wien (Vienna) (AUT)
Died20 April 1984
Measurements173 cm
AffiliationsPolizei SV, Wien (AUT)
NOC Austria


Karl Hipfinger competed at the 1928 Olympic Games as one of the favorites, but was not able to finish the competition due to an injury. He then won a middleweight bronze medal at the 1932 Olympics. Hipfinger set eight world records in the middleweight and light-heavyweight classes – six in the clean & jerk, one in the snatch, and one in the middleweight total in 1927. A policeman by profession, he was European Champion in 1929 in his hometown of Wien (Vienna), placed third in 1930 and 1934, and in 1935 missed the podium only because of his heavier bodyweight. His first Austrian Championship came in 1926 in the middleweight class, and he won five more national titles, in 1927 and 1929-32.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Summer Olympics Weightlifting AUT Karl Hipfinger
Middleweight, Men (Olympic) AC
1932 Summer Olympics Weightlifting AUT Karl Hipfinger
Middleweight, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze