chidlovski (chidlovski) wrote,

Bill March (USA)

History in Color:

October 16, 1964, Tokyo, Japan – Powerful middle heavyweight Bill March of Team USA, Russia competes in the 90kg class at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

March won the 4th place with 467.5kg (155+135+177.5) in total. It was the 3rd result that night but the bronze went to Ireneusz Palinski of Poland whose bodyweight was lighter.

William “Bill” Match (b. 1937) was a U.S. Olympian and a very strong Olympic weightlifter of the first half of the 1960s. He competed for the famous York Barbell Club of York, PA and was a significant  part of many projects by Bob Hoffman.

Bill March won 5 consecutive U.S. titles (1961-1965). On the international level, Bill March brought home a gold medal from the 1963 Pan American Games in Sao Paulo and a bronze medal in the 90kg class at the 1962 World Championships in Budapest.

Speaking of memorable pressers of the pre-1972 era in Olympic weightlifting, March most definitely was a terrific athlete in this department. He was a World record holder in the Olympic press lift.

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