chidlovski (chidlovski) wrote,

Norb Schemansky: 1952 Olympic Tryouts

History in Color :

June 28, 1952, NYC, New York – 28-year old mid heavyweight Norbert Schemansky of Detroit, Michigan, USA performs a press lift on his way to the win the 1st place in the 90kg weight class at the 1952 Senior Nationals and Final Olympic Tryouts held at the 69th Regiment Armory Auditorium in New York City.

Note: Another legend of the U.S. weightlifting, Stan Stanczyk is seen behind Norbert Schemansky.

At the Tryouts, Schemansky won the 1st place with a 402.5kg (120 + 127.5 + 155) in total.

A month later, on July 27, 1952, he won the gold at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki with an outstanding total of 445kg (127.5 + 140+ 177.5).

Schemansky set 3 world records that night (140kg in snatch, 177.5kg in cj and 445kg in total) and outlifted his main opponent Grigory Novak (USSR) by 35kg!




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