October 26th, 2019

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Isaac Berger: Second Olympic Medal at His Second Olympics (Rome, 1960)

History in Color:

September 7, 1960, Rome, Italy – 23-year old featherweight Isaac Berger of the United States competed in the 60kg weight class at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, Italy.

Isaac “Ike” Berger is one of all-time greatest legends in the world of Olympic weightlifting. He competed for the York Barbell Club and was on the top of the Iron game in the late 1950s – mid 1960s with the Olympic gold in 1956 and 2 silvers in 1960 and 1964. Berger also won 2 world titles and set 6 world records.

At the 1960 Summer Olympics, Isaac Berger was 23 and he won his second Olympic medal at the second Olympics in his career.

In 1956, Berger won the gold against Eugene Minaev of the Soviet Union. In 1960, the medal share reversed – Minaev won a gold medal and Berger took the silver.

Four years later, legendary Ike Bergman brought home his third Olympic medal from Tokyo, Japan. He won a silver medal in the featherweight class at the 1964 Olympics.