June 28th, 2019

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Norbert Schemansky: Going Heavy for the Olympic Gold in Helsinki (1952)


History in Color :


July 27, 1952, Helsinki, Finland – 28-year old mid heavyweight Norbert Schemansky of Detroit, Michigan, USA performs a clean-and-jerk lift on his way to the Olympic gold in the 90kg weight class at the 1952 Summer Olympics in the Messuhalli (Exhibition Hall).


He did it with a huge bang in his last attempt when he set a new world record in the clean-and-jerk (177.5kg).


Norbert Schemansky won his gold medal with an outstanding 445kg total (127.5 + 140+ 177.5). Schemansky had a great performance in Helsinki – he did 9 for 9 that night! He also did two additional lifts for the world records in the snatch and clean-and-jerk.


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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1952 Olympics: Lightweight Champions in Helsinki


June 27, 2019 – Happy Birthday to legendary Olympic weightlifters Tommy Kono (USA, 1930-2016) and Verne Barberis (Australia, 1928-2005)!


History in Color:

July 26, 1952, Helsinki, Finland – Olympic medal winners in the 67.5kg weight class of the weightlifting tournament at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki (left to right):


Yevgeny Lopatin (USSR, silver medal, 350kg), Tommy Kono (USA, gold medal, 362.5kg), Verne Barberis (Australia, bronze medal, 350kg)


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Location: Helsinki, FIN
Weight Class: Lightweight  [67.5 kg]</p>

More Info On 1952 Summer Olympics

Rank Athlete Results (kg)
1 Tommy Tamio KONO, United States 105 + 117.5WR+ 140 = 362.5OR
2 Eugene LOPATIN, Soviet Union 100 + 107.5+ 142.5 = 350
3 Verne BARBERIS, Australia 105 + 105+ 140 = 350
4 Chang-Hi KIM, South Korea 100 + 105+ 140 = 345
5 Hassan FERDOWS, Iran 102.5 + 107.5+ 135 = 345
6 Khadr Sayed EL TOUNI, Egypt 105 + 107.5+ 130 = 342.5
7 Johan RUNGE, Denmark 105 + 97.5+ 127.5 = 330
8 Thio Ging HWIE, Indonesia 105 + 92.5+ 130 = 327.5
9 Ermanno PIGNATTI, Italy 92.5 + 105+ 127.5 = 325
10 Alfonso CANTI, Italy 97.5 + 100+ 122.5 = 320
11 Robert BELZA, Czechoslovakia 92.5 + 97.5+ 130 = 320
12 Olof Arvid ANDERSSON, Sweden 92.5 + 102.5+ 122.5 = 317.5
13 Barry ENGELBRECHT , South Africa 95 + 97.5+ 122.5 = 315
14 Kyaw Yin NIL, Burma 87.5 + 97.5+ 125 = 310
15 Tauno Johannes SUONIEMI, Finland 95 + 95+ 120 = 310
16 Antonio HOFFMAN REYES, Puerto Rico 97.5 + 92.5+ 117.5 = 307.5
17 Josef TAUCHNER, Austria 90 + 92.5+ 125 = 307.5
18 Yorrie EVANS, Great Britain 87.5 + 95+ 125 = 307.5
19 Bjorn HEYN, Norway 95 + 90+ 115 = 300
20 Roger RUBINI , Switzerland 80 + 92.5+ 122.5 = 295
21 Edward Konrad SCIGALA, Poland 80 + 90+ 120 = 290
22 Anton LEUTHE, Germany 90 + 100+ 0 = 0
23 James HALLIDAY, Great Britain 92.5 + 112.5+ 0 = 0
24 Thong Saw PAK, Singapore 95 + 0+ 0 = 0


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Peter George (USA): Happy 90th Birthday to the Legend!


June 29, 2019 – One of the all-time and all-nations best Olympic weightlifters who ever stepped on the competition platform, Peter George of the United States turns 90!


By all means, Peter George is  of the most distinguished athletes in the history of this sport.


Brilliant technician and unprecedented competitor of his time, Peter George paved the road map to a true success in sports. He represented the USA at three Summer Olympics and brought home medals from all three of them. He won Olympic gold in Helsinki in 1952 and silver medals in London in 1948 and in Melbourne in 1956.


Peter George won gold medals at two Pan American Games in Buenos Aires (1951) and in Mexico City (1955) and won five World titles in his fascinating career in Olympic weightlifting.


Many books can be written about his career accomplishments in sports, about all the medals and titles he won, about all the legends he trained with and competed against.


The Legend turns 90 and we congratulate Peter George on the celebration of his 90th birthday!