This was expected to be a battle between German Josef Manger, who had won the 1935 European Championship, and world record holder Václav Pšenička, Sr. of Czechoslovakia, who had won the silver medal in this class at the 1932 Olympics. Manger went well ahead with a press of 132.5 kg and Pšenička could never catch up, as Manger won gold and Pšenička silver. Manger also bettered Pšenička’s world record with a total of 410.0 kg. The bronze went to Estonian Arnold Luhaäär, who had been the silver medalist in the class at Amsterdam in 1928. Manger would continue to dominate this class in the next few years, winning the 1937 and 1938 World Championships, before international competition stopped because of the hostilities.