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Featherweight (≤60 kilograms), Men

Date29 August 1972 — 13:00-19:00
StatusOlympic
LocationGewichtheberhalle, Messegelände (Halle 7), München
Participants13 from 11 countries
FormatTotal of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.
Olympic Record (≤60 kg, 1-Hand Clean & Jerk)80.0 / Antonín Hrabě TCH / 21 July 1924
80.0 / Gustav Ernesaks EST / 21 July 1924
Olympic Record (≤60 kg, 1-Hand Snatch)65.0 WR / Pierino Gabetti ITA / 21 July 1924
65.0 WR / Andreas Stadler AUT / 21 July 1924
Olympic Record (≤60 kg, Biathlon)275.0 / Yoshinobu Miyake JPN / 12 October 1964
Olympic Record (≤60 kg, Clean & Jerk)152.5 WR / Yoshinobu Miyake JPN / 14 October 1968
152.5 WR / Ike Berger USA / 12 October 1964
152.5 WR / Yoshinobu Miyake JPN / 12 October 1964
Olympic Record (≤60 kg, Military Press)122.5 / Yoshinobu Miyake JPN / 14 October 1968
122.5 / Yoshiyuki Miyake JPN / 14 October 1968
122.5 / Ike Berger USA / 12 October 1964
122.5 / Yoshinobu Miyake JPN / 12 October 1964
Olympic Record (≤60 kg, Pentathlon)402.5 / Pierino Gabetti ITA / 21 July 1924
Olympic Record (≤60 kg, Snatch)122.5 / Yoshinobu Miyake JPN / 12 October 1964
Olympic Record (≤60 kg, Triathlon)397.5 WR / Yoshinobu Miyake JPN / 12 October 1964

The last two gold medals had been won by Japan’s Yoshinobu Miyake, but although he returned in 1972, he was no longer the dominant lifter in this class. In fact, his brother, Yoshiyuki Miyake, had won the World Championships in 1969 and 1971, but he did not compete at the 1972 Olympics. The lead after the press was taken on bodyweight by Albanian Ymer Pampuri, who worked as a circus clown and was completely unknown. He would place last in the snatch, which was excusable when one understands he had never performed that lift in competition prior to the 1972 Olympics. Pampuri was tied after the press with Bulgarian Norair Nurikyan and Soviet Georgian Dito Shanidze, the 1968 Olympic silver medalist. Shanidze moved ahead after the snatch with Nurikyan 2.5 kg behind, tied with Hungarian János Benedek. In the clean & jerk, Nurikyan lifted 157.5 kg for a world record, which gave him a total of 402.5 kg, to equal Shanidze’s world record and win the gold medal. Shanidze won his second consecutive silver while Benedek took bronze.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCK
1Norayr NurikyanBUL402.5=WRGold
2Dito ShanidzeURS400.0Silver
3János BenedekHUN390.0Bronze
4Yoshinobu MiyakeJPN385.0
5Kurt PittnerAUT382.5
6Rolando ChangCUB377.5
7Mieczysław NowakPOL375.0
8Peppino TantiITA367.5
9Ymer PampuriALB342.5
10Chen Kue-SenTPE327.5
11Julio MartínezPUR325.0
ACJan WojnowskiPOL240.0
ACKenkichi AndoJPNDNF