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Lightweight (≤67½ kilograms), Men

Date 8 September 1960 — 09:00
StatusOlympic
LocationPalazzetto dello Sport, Roma
Participants33 from 29 countries
FormatTotal of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Soviet Viktor Bushuyev was World Champion in 1957-59, and held the world record coming in to Rome. In an event with no other major competitor, he was heavily favored. Bushuyev took the lead in the press with 125.0 kg, and was 15 kg ahead after the snatch. He easily won the gold medal, leading Singapore’s Tiger Tan by 17.5 kg. Tan, born Tan Howe-Liang, was the first Olympic medalist from Singapore. The bronze was won by Abdul Wahid Aziz, which through 2016, remains the only Olympic medal by an Iraqi athlete.

The fourth- and fifth-place finishers, both Poles, had the most impressive Olympic records of any of the competitors in this class. Marian Zieliński was fourth, after winning a bronze medal in 1956 as a featherweight. He would compete at the Olympics in 1964 and 1968, winning bronze medals in this class both times. At those Games, he trailed his countryman, the fifth-place finisher in Rome, Waldemar Baszanowski, who won lightweight gold at both Tokyo and Mexico City. One of the greatest lifters of the 1960s, Baszanowski won five World titles, five European titles, and was the first man to clean & jerk more than 2½ times his bodyweight.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCK
1Viktor BushuyevURS397.5WRGold
2Tiger TanSGP380.0Silver
3Abdul Wahid AzizIRQ380.0Bronze
4Marian ZielińskiPOL375.0
5Waldemar BaszanowskiPOL370.0
6Mihály HuszkaHUN365.0
=7Werner DittrichGER362.5
=7Zdeněk OtáhalTCH362.5
9Ney LópezCOL357.5
10Jin Oh-HyeonKOR355.0
11Roger GerberFRA355.0
12Fawzi RasmyUAR352.5
13Luciano De GenovaITA352.5
14Henrik TamrazIRI347.5
15Juan TorresCUB345.0
16Josef TauchnerAUT340.0
17Harry WebberRSA340.0
18Ben HelfgottGBR337.5
19Robert DelebarreFRA335.0
20Clément HaeyenBEL325.0
21Hans KohlerSUI322.5
22Tommy HaydenIRL307.5
23Abderrahim TaziMAR307.5
24Roger HippertchenLUX280.0
25Ibrahim MitwalliSUD262.5
ACIvan YordanovBUL100.0
ACNil Tun MaungMYA117.5
ACHiroshi YamazakiJPN217.5
ACAbdul Ghani ButtPAK217.5
ACNeville PeryAUS222.5
ACLee Taek-YeongKOR222.5
ACRudy MonkAHODNF
ACKenji OnumaJPNDNF