| Event type

Bantamweight (≤56 kilograms), Men

Date11 October 1964 — 10:00-16:00
LocationShibuya Kokaido, Shibuya, Tokyo
Participants24 from 18 countries
FormatTotal of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.
Olympic Record (≤56 kg, Clean & Jerk)135.0 / Yoshinobu Miyake JPN / 7 September 1960
135.0 / Yu In-Ho KOR / 23 November 1956
Olympic Record (≤56 kg, Military Press)105.0 / Chuck Vinci USA / 7 September 1960
105.0 / Chuck Vinci USA / 23 November 1956
105.0 / Vladimir Stogov URS / 23 November 1956
105.0 / Joe DePietro USA / 9 August 1948
Olympic Record (≤56 kg, Snatch)107.5 WR / Chuck Vinci USA / 7 September 1960
Olympic Record (≤56 kg, Triathlon)345.0 WR / Chuck Vinci USA / 7 September 1960

Soviet Aleksey Vakhonin came in as the favorite after winning the 1963 World Championship in this class. Japan’s Yoshinobu Miyake was World Champion in 1962 and had won the silver medal at Rome, but he moved up to the featherweight class in Tokyo. In the press, Hungary’s Imre Földi took the lead over Vakhonin, 115.0 to 110.0 kg. Földi continued to lead after the snatch but Vakhonin moved up 2.5 kg. Vakhonin was able to win the gold medal with a lift that should have been a world record in the clean & jerk (142.5 kg), but by then he was overweight for the class so it counted only as an Olympic record. This gave him a world record total of 357.5 and the gold medal, with Földi taking silver.

Vakhonin went on to win multiple international titles but never competed again at the Olympics, as he was removed from the Soviet team prior to the 1968 Olympics for “conduct unbecoming a Master of Sport.” Imre Földi had one of the great careers of any weightlifter in the 1960s. He competed at five Olympics (1960-76), winning silver medals in this class in 1964-68 and a gold medal in 1972, and won the 1965 World Championship and four European Championships (1963, 1968, 1970-71). At the end of the 20th century, he was voted the second greatest weightlifter of all-time in several polls, trailing Turkey’s Naim Suleymanoğlu.

1Aleksey VakhoninURS357.5WRGold
2Imre FöldiHUN355.0Silver
3Shiro IchinosekiJPN347.5Bronze
4Henryk TrębickiPOL342.5
5Yang Mu-SinKOR340.0
6Yukio FuruyamaJPN335.0
7Yu In-HoKOR335.0
8Martin DiasGUY335.0
9Róbert NagyHUN330.0
10Rajabi EslamiIRI330.0
11Mohamed HeritEGY327.5
12Renzo GrandiITA327.5
13Fernando BáezPUR322.5
14Mohon Lal GhoshIND312.5
15Mohammad NassiriIRI310.0
16Chit MyaMYA310.0
17Chua Phung KimMAS307.5
18Chaiya SukchindaTHA302.5
19Hector CurielAHO300.0
20Muhammad AzamPAK295.0
21Gerald HayAUS290.0
22Sam CoffaAUS275.0
ACChung Nan-FeiTPE95.0
ACSermbhan ChongrakTHA185.0