The Lift Up: History in Color series continues with the cover photo featuring 1948 Team USA Weightlifting in front of the ship with the all other U.S. Olympians. They are about to depart overseas for the 1948 Summer Olympics in London. This is the first Olympics to be held after the end of the World War II.
Top row (left to right):
Peter George (67.5kg, A.C.M.W.L. Akron), Norbert Schemansky (82.5+kg, Yaco’s Gym, Detroit, MI), Dietrich Wortmann, Emerich Ishikawa (60kg, York Barbell Club, York, PA), Harold Sakata (82.5kg, Nuuanu YMCA, Honolulu, HI), Stan Stanczyk (82.5kg, York Barbell Club, York, PA), Frank Spellman (75kg, York Barbell Club, York, PA), John Davis (82.5+kg, York Barbell Club, York, PA).
Front row (left to right):
Joe Pitman (67.5kg, York Barbell Club, York, PA), Richard Tom (56kg, Nuuanu YMCA, Honolulu, HI), Joe DiPietro (56kg, Bates Barbell Club), Richard Tomita (60kg, Nuuanu YMCA, Honolulu, HI), John Terpak (75kg, York Barbell Club, York, PA)
The results of this historical tournament can be viewed here.
In London, Team USA Weightlifting had a solid performance and won the 1st place with Team Egypt on the 2nd place and Team Great Britain on the third place.
The U.S. Olympians brought home plenty of memories and silverware:
- Gold medals (4):
Joe DiPietro, Frank Spellman, Stan Stanczyk and John Davis;
- Silver medals (2):
Peter George, Harold Sakata and Norb Schemansky;
- Bronze medals (1)
- John Terpak (4th), Emerick Ishikawa (6th), Joe Pitman (8th), Richard Tomita (9th)
Summer Olympics From 1896 To Today
|56||Bantamweight||Joseph DI PIETRO, United States||105OR+90+112.5 = 307.5WR|
|60||Featherweight||Mahmoud FAYAD, Egypt||92.5+105WR+135WR = 332.5WR|
|67.5||Lightweight||Ibrahim Hassan SHAMS, Egypt||97.5+115OR+147.5OR = 360OR|
|75||Middleweight||Frank SPELLMAN, United States||117.5+120+152.5 = 390OR|
|82.5||Light Heavyweight||Stanley STANCZYK, United States||130OR+130OR+157.5OR = 417.5OR|
|82.5+||Super Heavyweight||John DAVIS, United States||137.5OR+137.5+177.5WR = 452.5OR|
Note: To view a complete list of the winners in the weight classes above,
please follow the link associated with the weight class.