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Olympic Medalists in the Middleweight (Melbourne, 1956)


History in Color:

November 24, 1956, Melbourne, 1956 – Olympic medal winners in the 75kg class at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne (left to right):


Peter George (USA, silver medal, 412.5kg), Fedor Bogdanovsky (USSR, gold medal, 420kg), Ermanno Pignatti (Italy, bronze medal, 382.5kg)


All three athletes are true legends of Olympic weightlifting. The main battle in the middleweight for the gold medals in Melbourne was between Peter George of the United States and Fedor Bogdanovsky of the Soviet Union.


It was the 3rd Olympics for Peter George. He already won a silver medal in London in 1948 and became an Olympic champion with a gold medal in Helsinki in 1952. Peter George was an unforgettable competitor and a brilliant technician. In fact, at the time, he was one of the pioneers of squat style techniques on elite level in Olympic weightlifting. For those who are interested in the story, I would highly recommend the “Secrets of the Squat Style” book by Peter George. It is now available in its Vintage Edition and it’s definitely a great read for Olympic weightlifting experts and collectors.


Fedor Bogdanovsky was an outstanding weightlifter. In his career, he won 4 European titles but couldn’t capture the World titles and seemed to develop a psychological complex in competing against legendary American weightlifters – Tommy Kono and Peter George.


Prior to the 1956 Olympics, Bogdanovski lost to Peter George at the World Championships in Vienna (1954) and in Munich (1955). Finally, he “broke a spell” in Melbourne with a world record of 420kg in total.


Ermanno Pignatti of Italy won a tough battle for the 3rd  place against Jan Bochenek, Krzysztof Beck, both of Poland, and Sung-Jip Kim of South Korea. In the end, Pignatti and Bochenek had a 382.5kg total and Italian athlete won a bronze because of a lighter bodyweight.




1956 Summer Olympics
Location: Melbourne, AUS
Weight Class: Middleweight  [75 kg]</p>

More Info On 1956 Summer Olympics

Rank Athlete Results (kg)
1 Fedor BOGDANOVSKY, Soviet Union 132.5OR + 122.5+ 165OR = 420WR
2 Peter GEORGE, United States 122.5 + 127.5EOR+ 162.5 = 412.5
3 Ermanno PIGNATTI, Italy 117.5 + 117.5+ 147.5 = 382.5
4 Jan BOCHENEK, Poland 120 + 112.5+ 150 = 382.5
5 Sung-Jip KIM, South Korea 125 + 110+ 145 = 380
6 Krzysztof BECK , Poland 122.5 + 112.5+ 145 = 380
7 Abrahim PIRAVIE, Iran 107.5 + 117.5+ 147.5 = 372.5
8 Adrian GILBERT , Canada 112.5 + 115+ 142.5 = 370
9 Kai Poh WONG, Singapore 107.5 + 112.5+ 145 = 365
10 Louis GREEFF , South Africa 115 + 107.5+ 142.5 = 365
11 Winston Roy MCARTHUR , Guyana 100 + 112.5+ 140 = 352.5
12 Bu Beng KO, Taiwan 90 + 100+ 135 = 325
13 Fred BAUGH, Australia 107.5 + 95+ 122.5 = 325
14 Pak Lum CHAN, Malaysia 100 + 102.5+ 0 = 0
15 Carlos CABALLERO FIGUEROA, Colombia 97.5 + 100+ 0 = 0
16 Ingemar FRANZEN, Sweden 0+ 0 = 0


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