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Heavyweight (>90 kilograms), Men

Date19 October 1968 — 10:00-16:00
StatusOlympic
LocationTeatro de los Insurgentes, Ciudad de México
Participants17 from 14 countries
FormatTotal of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Leonid Zhabotinsky had won the 1964 heavyweight gold medal in an upset over his Soviet teammate, Yury Vlasov, but Zhabotinsky had not been defeated since 1964 and came to Mexico City as an overwhelming favorite. His victory was an easy one, with a margin of 17.5 kg over Belgium’s Serge Reding, although Zhabotinsky took only one attempt in the clean & jerk. Reding tied American Joe Dube with 555.0 kg, but won the silver medal over Dube based on a lower bodyweight.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCK
1Leonid ZhabotinskyURS572.5ORGold
2Serge RedingBEL555.0Silver
3Joe DubeUSA555.0Bronze
4Manfred RiegerGDR532.5
5Rudolf MangFRG525.0
6Mauno LindroosFIN495.0
7Kalevi LahdenrantaFIN492.5
8Don OliverNZL490.0
9Piet van der KrukNED487.5
10Terry PerdueGBR487.5
11Roger LevecqFRA477.5
12Liston SprauveISV467.5
ACJean-Paul FouletierFRA320.0
ACHwang Ho-DongKORDNF
ACOve JohanssonSWEDNF
ACRay RigbyAUSDNF
ACErnie PickettUSADNF