| Event type

Heavyweight (>90 kilograms), Men

Date10 September 1960 — 20:00
LocationPalazzetto dello Sport, Roma
Participants18 from 15 countries
FormatTotal of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Soviet Aleksey Medvedev was World Champion in 1957-58, but was surpassed in 1959 by his teammate Yury Vlasov, who was World and European Champion that year. Vlasov came to Rome as the favorite, where he was challenged by American Jim Bradford, the 1952 heavyweight silver medalist, and Norb Schemansky, the 1952 middle-heavyweight gold medalist. Bradford and Vlasov tied in the press with 180.0 kg, with Schemansky at 170.0 kg. Everyone else was well behind and the medals were settled if all three made a lift in the remaining two phases. Vlasov moved ahead after the snatch, lifting 155.0 kg, with both Bradford and Schemansky snatching 150.0 kg. Vlasov opened with a clean & jerk of 185.0 kg on his first attempt, but then improved to 195.0 kg and finally a stunning world record of 202.5 kg, the first legal lift over 200 kg. This lift world record gave him a world record total of 537.5 kg for the gold medal.

Vlasov returned in 1964 at Tokyo where he was upset by his teammate, Leonid Zhabotinsky. Schemansky competed at four Olympics, winning a medal each time – heavyweight silver in 1948, middle-heavyweight gold in 1952, and heavyweight bronzes in 1960-64, which made him the first weightlifter to win four Olympic medals.

1Yury VlasovURS537.5WRGold
2Jim BradfordUSA512.5Silver
3Norb SchemanskyUSA500.0Bronze
4Mohamed Mahmoud IbrahimUAR455.0
5Eino MäkinenFIN455.0
6Dave BaillieCAN450.0
7Alberto PigaianiITA450.0
8Václav SyrovýTCH445.0
9Arthur ShannosAUS435.0
10Hadi Abdul JabbarIRQ432.5
11Cornel WilczekAUS430.0
12Werner ArnoldGER425.0
13Don OliverNZL425.0
14William SwalukCAN412.5
15Dennis HillmanGBR402.5
16Henri MerschLUX340.0
ACIvan VeselinovBUL270.0
ACBèto AdrianaAHO277.5