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Khadr El-Touni

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameKhadr El-Sayed•El-Touni
Used nameKhadr•El-Touni
Original nameخضر السيد•التوني
Born15 December 1916 in Al-Qahira (Cairo) (EGY)
Died22 September 1956 in Heluan (EGY)
Measurements75 kg
AffiliationsShubra Sports Club, Al-Qahira (EGY)
NOC Egypt


Khadr El-Touni’s in the 1936 middleweight class was one of the most dominant weightlifting performances of all time. Not only did he defeat his closest opponents - Rudolf Ismayr and Adolf Wagner, both Germans - by 35 kg, he also beat the mark of the winner of the Light-Heavyweight division by 15 kg. Khadr El-Touni went on to win three world titles (1946, 1949, 1950), placing 3rd at the 1951 World Championships. He also competed in the 1948 Olympics, but illness prevented him from successfully defending his title and he placed fourth. El-Touni also recorded 16 world records, although only 11 of them were recognized. He was killed while attempting to repair electrical wiring in his home.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1936 Summer Olympics Weightlifting EGY Khadr El-Touni
Middleweight, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
1948 Summer Olympics Weightlifting EGY Khadr El-Touni
Middleweight, Men (Olympic) 4

Special Notes


DOD also seen as September 25, but his obituary appeared in Al-Ahram on September 23