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Heavyweight (≤110 kilograms), Men

Date 4 September 1972 — 13:00-19:00
StatusOlympic
LocationGewichtheberhalle, Messegelände (Halle 7), München
Participants26 from 19 countries
FormatTotal of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

This was a new class, first added internationally at the 1969 World Championships. The favorite was Soviet Jaan Talts, an Estonian. His biggest competition was expected to come from American Bob Bednarski. Bednarski had won this class at the 1969 World Championships and won a bronze in 1970, but he never made the US Olympic team, failing in both 1968 and 1972. In his absence, Talts was unchallenged, taking a big lead after the press and increasing it in the snatch and jerk, winning by 17.5 kg over Bulgarian Aleksandr Kraychev. East German Stefan Grützner won the bronze medal, but did have the best mark in the clean & jerk with 207.5 kg.

PosCompetitor(s)NOCK
1Jaan TaltsURS580.0ORGold
2Aleksandar KraychevBUL562.5Silver
3Stefan GrütznerGDR555.0Bronze
4Helmut LoschGDR547.5
5Roberto VezzaniITA545.0
6János HanzlikHUN542.5
7Kauko KangasniemiFIN537.5
8Rainer DörrzapfFRG522.5
9Rudolf StrejčekTCH522.5
10Frank CapsourasUSA520.0
11Alan BallUSA515.0
12Javier GonzálezCUB510.0
13Dave HancockGBR510.0
14Jean-Paul FouletierFRA505.0
15Andrés MartínezCUB500.0
16Edgar KjerranNOR495.0
17Peter PhillipsAUS487.5
18Ken PriceGBR480.0
19Óskar SigurpálssonISL477.5
20Pablo Juan CamposPUR472.5
21Bent HarsmannDEN465.0
22Price MorrisCAN457.5
23Henry PhillipsPAN455.0
ACEivind RekustadNOR180.0
ACStancho PenchevBULDNF
ACTaito HaaraFINDNF