| Event type

Heavyweight (>82½ kilograms), Men

Date28 – 29 July 1928
LocationKrachtsportgebouw, Amsterdam
Participants17 from 11 countries
FormatTotal of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement.

There were no European or World Championships between 1924 and 1928 so it was difficult to choose a favorite. The 1924 gold medalist was Italy’s Giuseppe Tonani and he was back in Amsterdam, but would finish only seventh. German Josef Straßberger took a big lead with 122.5 kg in the press and held it after the snatch, leading by 10.0 kg over Rudolf Schilberg of Austria. Schilberg dropped back to fifth, but Straßberger had an easy time winning the gold medal. Despite world records in the clean & jerk by Estonian Arnold Luhaäär and Czechoslovakia Jaroslav Skobla, Straßberger won by 12.5 kg, with Luhaäär second and Skobla third.

All three medalists would win further Olympic medals in weightlifting, with Skobla moving up to gold at Los Angeles, while Straßberger dropped back to the bronze that year. Luhaäär again made the podium in Berlin with a silver medal. Straßberger won the 1929 European title and then won a bronze medal at that event in 1930-31 and 1933-34, while Luhaäär finished second at the 1933 Europeans and a bronze at the 1938 Worlds. Skobla had won the last World Championships held in this era, as a light-heavyweight, back in 1923. His son, Jiří Skobla, won a shot put bronze medal at the 1956 Olympics.

1Josef StraßbergerGER372.5ORGold
2Arnold LuhaäärEST360.0Silver
3Jaroslav SkoblaTCH357.5Bronze
4Kārlis LeilandsLAT355.0
=5Rudolf SchilbergAUT355.0
=5Josef LeppeltAUT355.0
7Giuseppe TonaniITA352.5
8Hermann VolzGER340.0
9Claudius DutrièveFRA330.0
=10Marcel DumoulinFRA327.5
=10Francesco MercoliITA327.5
12Minus VerheijenNED325.0
13Harold WoodGBR315.0
14Franz RiedererSUI300.0
15Marcel PanenBEL280.0
16Walter GasserSUI267.5
ACHendrik VerheijenNEDDNF