| Event type

Featherweight (≤60 kilograms), Men

Date25 July 1952 — 20:00
LocationMessuhalli II, Helsinki
Participants22 from 21 countries
FormatTotal of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Rafael Chimishk’iani had won a silver medal as a bantamweight at the 1950 World Championships, and was 1950 European Champion, but he did not compete at the 1951 Worlds, as the Soviets skipped the meet. That event was won by Egyptian Khalifa Said Gouda, who followed his countryman, Mahmoud Fayad, the 1948 Olympic and 1950 World Champion. Fayad did not compete in Helsinki, but also returning was Trinidadian Rodney Wilkes, the 1948 silver medalist. In the end nobody could match the Soviets, as Chimishk’iani won gold with a world record total of 337.5 kg, followed by teammate Nikolay Saksonov, who equalled Fayad’s former world record of 332.5 kg. Wilkes came in third, garnering his second Olympic medal. This was Chimishk’iani’s only Olympic appearance, but he would only end his career in the early 1960s after winning two World Championships (1954-55), six European Championships (1950, 1952, 1954-57), and five Soviet titles.

1Rapael Chimishk'ianiURS337.5WRGold
2Nikolay SaksonovURS332.5Silver
3Rodney WilkesTTO322.5Bronze
4Rodrigo del RosarioPHI317.5
5Khalifa Said GoudaEGY312.5
6Chay Weng YewSGP312.5
7Bálint B. NagyHUN307.5
8Mohssain TabatabaieIRI307.5
9Julian CreusGBR305.0
10Jules SylvainCAN302.5
11Nam Su-IlKOR300.0
12Daniel Pon MonyIND300.0
13Max HeralFRA297.5
14Nil Tun MaungMYA295.0
15Mikko HokkaFIN295.0
16Oswald JunkesGER290.0
17Einar ErikssonSWE290.0
18James van RensburgRSA285.0
19Giovanni CoccoITA282.5
20Henri ColansBEL280.0
21Henryk SkowronekPOL272.5
ACCarlos ChávezPAN90.0