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Unlimited, Two Hands, Men

Date31 August 1904
LocationFrancis Field, Washington University, St. Louis
Participants4 from 2 countries

The two-handed lift was won easily by the Greek Perikles Kakousis, who was 27.33 kg (60 lbs) ahead of Oscar Osthoff. Kakousis also competed at the 1906 Intercalated Olympics, placing sixth in this event, and was also entered in the discus throw. In St. Louis he was also part of a tug-of-war team. Osthoff won the all-around dumbbell contest in 1904. Third-place went to Frank Kugler, which older sources often spelled Kungler. He was still a German citizen, not becoming a US citizen until 1913, but represented the St. Louis Southwest Turnverein in 1904. Kugler won bronze in both weightlifting events, adding another bronze in tug-of-war, and a silver in heavyweight wrestling, making him the only athlete to have ever won medals in three different sports at one Olympic Games.

The weights lifted are sometimes listed differently in various sources, but the weights given here are those listed in the St. Louis Globe-Democrat the day after the event in Imperial measures (pounds) and converted to kilograms.

PosCompetitorNOCPounds (lbs)Kilograms
1Periklis KakousisGRE246¼ lbs.111.70GoldOR
2Oscar OsthoffUSA186 lbs.84.37Silver
3Franz KuglerUSA175½ lbs.79.61Bronze
4Oscar OlsenUSA149½ lbs.67.81