| Event type

Lightweight (≤67½ kilograms), Men

Date26 July 1952 — 12:00
LocationMessuhalli II, Helsinki
Participants24 from 22 countries
FormatTotal of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

The Soviet lifter was Yevgeny Lopatin, the 1950 World Championship silver medalist as a featherweight. He would be faced by America’s hope, little-known Tommy Kono. Kono had started lifting at an internment camp for Japanese-Americans during World War II. Kono took the lead in the press with 105.0 kg, although matched by four other lifters, but he put the contest away in the snatch with a world record lift of 117.5 kg. Lopatin was only fifth after the snatch but his clean & jerk of 142.5 kg led that phase and he moved up to the silver medal. The bronze was won by Vern Barberis, who won Australia’s first ever Olympic weightlifting medal.

Kono may have been little-known prior to Helsinki but this was the start of a legendary weightlifting career. He won gold again in Melbourne as a light-heavyweight and then a silver in Rome as a middleweight. He was World Champion every year from 1953-59. Kono also competed in bodybuilding, winning the 1954 Mr. World contest. Lopatin never competed again, retiring after Helsinki. Barberis would win gold in this class at the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games.

1Tommy KonoUSA362.5ORGold
2Yevgeny LopatinURS350.0Silver
3Vern BarberisAUS350.0Bronze
4Kim Chang-HuiKOR345.0
5Hassan FerdousIRI345.0
6Abdel Qader El-TouniEGY342.5
7Johan RungeDEN330.0
8Thio Ging HwieINA327.5
9Ermanno PignattiITA325.0
10Alfonso CantiITA320.0
11Robert BelzaTCH320.0
12Arvid AnderssonSWE317.5
13Barrie EngelbrechtRSA315.0
14Kyaw Yin MYA310.0
15Tauno SuoniemiFIN310.0
16Antonio HoffmannPUR307.5
17Josef TauchnerAUT307.5
18Yorrie EvansGBR307.5
19Bjørn HeynNOR300.0
20Roger RubiniSUI295.0
21Edward ŚcigałaPOL290.0
ACToni LeutheGER190.0
ACJim HallidayGBR205.0
DNFThong Saw PakSGP