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1932  Los Angeles Summer Olympics

1932 Summer Olympics - The Results (Weightlifting)

Weightlifting at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games

 

  

Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Date Started: July 30, 1932
Date Finished: July 30, 1932
Events: 5

Participants: 29 (29 men and 0 women) from 8 countries
Youngest Participant: USA Stanley Kratkowski (19 years, 346 days)
Oldest Participant: ITA Carlo Galimberti (37 years, 363 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 15 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): GER Germany and FRA France (3 medals)

Participating nations

A total of 28 weightlifters from eight nations competed at the Los Angeles Games:

  •  Argentina (1)
  •  Austria (2)
  •  Czechoslovakia (2)
  •  Denmark (1)
  •  France (4)
  •  Germany (4)
  •  Italy (4)
  •  United States (10)
  

Overview

The 1932 weightlifting competitions were held at the 15,300 seat [Grand Olympic Auditorium], which also hosted the boxing and wrestling events. The venue stayed open, hosting boxing, professional wrestling, and musical acts, until the 1980s when it was closed. It was re-opened in 1993, but in 2005 was purchased by the Glory Church of Jesus Christ, a Korean-American Christian Church.

Because of the world-wide depression and the long distance of travel to Los Angeles, there were very few entrants, and thus the competitions were held on only two days, 30-31 July. They were also the first competitions at the 1932 Olympics, with two classes (lightweight and light-heavyweight) held on the evening of the Opening Ceremony. The Olympic records were either equalled or surpassed in all classes, but no lifter defended their title. As in Amsterdam in 1928, the contestants contested a triathlon competition, consisting of a military press, snatch, clean & jerk, a format that would last through the 1972 Olympics.

The Olympic Champions came from France (3), and Germany and Czechoslovakia (1 each). The Americans participated for the first time in weightlifting (except for 1904) with 10 competitors but had to be content with two bronze medals. There had been no World Championships contested since 1923, so the favorites were considered those who had featured at the most recent European Championships.

Medal summary

Event Gold Silver Bronze
60 kg Raymond Suvigny
 France
Hans Wölpert
 Germany
Anthony Terlazzo
 United States
67.5 kg René Duverger
 France
Hans Haas
 Austria
Gastone Pierini
 Italy
75 kg' Rudolf Ismayr
 Germany
Carlo Galimberti
 Italy
Karl Hipfinger
 Austria
82.5 kg Louis Hostin
 France
Svend Olsen
 Denmark
Henry Duey
 United States
Over 82.5 kg Jaroslav Skobla
 Czechoslovakia
Václav Pšenička
 Czechoslovakia
Josef Straßberger
 Germany
  

Medal table

 
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  France (FRA) 3 0 0 3
2  Germany (GER) 1 1 1 3
3  Czechoslovakia (TCH) 1 1 0 2
4  Austria (AUT) 0 1 1 2
 Italy (ITA) 0 1 1 2
6  Denmark (DEN) 0 1 0 1
7  United States (USA) 0 0 2 2
Totals (7 nations) 5 5 5 15
 

Men's Featherweight 60kg

 Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: July 31, 1932
Date Finished: July 31, 1932
Format: Total of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement.

Six weightlifters from four nations competed.

 

Summary

There were only six entrants with Germany's [Eugen Mühlberger] the most notable absentee. He was European Champion in 1930 and runner-up in 1931 and had held the world record in 1930. That was broken in 1931 by Egypt's [Saleh Soliman] who set the record to win the 1931 European Championship, but he was also not in Los Angeles. In their absence the competition was won by France's [Raymond Suvigny], bronze medalist at the 1930 Europeans. Suvigny ate so much on his trip to Los Angeles that he was forced to lose 10 pounds in one week to make the weight limit for the division. The silver medal went to German [Hans Wölpert], bronze medalist from Amsterdam and silver medalist at the 1930 European Championship, who would win that title in 1933.

The men's featherweight event was part of the weightlifting programme at the 1932 Summer Olympics. The weight class was the lightest contested, and allowed weightlifters of up to 60 kilograms (132 pounds). The competition was held on Sunday, July 31, 1932.

Six weightlifters from four nations competed.

 

Records

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in kilograms) prior to the 1932 Summer Olympics.

World Record Press 92.5 Germany Hans Wölpert Mannheim (GER) 1924
92.5 Germany Hans Wölpert Amsterdam (NED) July 28, 1928
92.5 Italy Giuseppe Conca Amsterdam (NED) July 28, 1928
Snatch 95.5 Austria Franz Janisch Vienna (AUT) 1931
Clean & Jerk >122 ?    
Total 287.5 Austria Franz Andrysek Amsterdam (NED) July 28, 1928
287.5 Germany Hans Wölpert Breslau (GER) 1930
Olympic Record Press 92.5 Germany Hans Wölpert Amsterdam (NED) July 28, 1928
92.5 Italy Giuseppe Conca Amsterdam (NED) July 28, 1928
Snatch 90 Austria Franz Andrysek Amsterdam (NED) July 28, 1928
90 Italy Pierino Gabetti Amsterdam (NED) July 28, 1928
Clean & Jerk 120 Austria Franz Andrysek Amsterdam (NED) July 28, 1928
Total 287.5 Austria Franz Andrysek Amsterdam (NED) July 28, 1928

No world or Olympic record was bettered at this Games. Raymond Suvigny equalized the standing world record in total with 287.5 kilograms.

Results

All figures in kilograms.

Place Weightlifter Press Snatch Clean & jerk Total
1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3.
1  Raymond Suvigny (FRA) 75 80 82.5 80 85 87.5 107.5 112.5 117.5 287.5
2  Hans Wölpert (GER) X (85) 85 X (87.5) 80 85 87.5 105 X (110) 110 282.5
3  Anthony Terlazzo (USA) 77.5 82.5 X (85) 80 85 X (87.5) 107.5 112.5 X (117.5) 280
4  Helmut Schäfer (GER) 72.5 77.5 X (80) 77.5 X (82.5) X (85) 112.5 X (120) X (120) 267.5
5  Attilio Bescapè (ITA) 77.5 82.5 X (85) 77.5 X (82.5) X (82.5) X (102.5) 102.5 - 262.5
6  Richard Bachtell (USA) 70 X (75) X (75) 75 80 X (82.5) 102.5 X (107.5) X (107.5) 252.5

Final Standings

 
Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K  
1 Raymond Suvigny 29 France FRA Gold 287.5 OR
2 Hans Wölpert 33 Germany GER Silver 282.5  
3 Tony Terlazzo 21 United States USA Bronze 280.0  
4 Helmut Schäfer 23 Germany GER   267.5  
5 Attilio Bescapè 21 Italy ITA   262.5  
6 Richard Bachtell 25 United States USA   252.5  

 

 

Men's Lightweight 67,5kg

 Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: July 30, 1932
Date Finished: July 30, 1932
Format: Total of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement.

Six weightlifters from four nations competed.

 

Summary

There were only six entrants with Austrian [Hans Haas] an overwhelming favorite. He was the defending gold medalist from Amsterdam, where he had shared the title with [Kurt Helbig], and was European Champion in 1930-31. Helbig was the world record holder and had been runner-up to Haas at the 1931 Europeans but he did not compete in Los Angeles. The lightweight was the first competition of the Los Angeles Games. The early lead was taken by Frenchman [René Duverger], runner-up to Haas at the 1930 European Championship. In the snatch Duverger extended his lead, and he won the gold medal quite easily, in a major upset. Haas hung on for the silver while the bronze medal was fought out between the two Italians, [Gastone Pierini] and [Pierino Gabetti], with Pierini making the podium.

The men's lightweight event was part of the weightlifting programme at the 1932 Summer Olympics. The weight class was the second-lightest contested, and allowed weightlifters of up to 67.5 kilograms (148.8 pounds). The competition was held on Saturday, July 30, 1932.

Six weightlifters from four nations competed.

 

Records

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in kilograms) prior to the 1932 Summer Olympics.

World Record Press 101 Egypt Khalil Yussef Cairo (EGY) 1931
Snatch 105.5 Austria Robert Fein Vienna (AUT) 1931
Clean & Jerk   ?    
Total 330 Germany Kurt Helbig Koblenz (GER) 1928
Olympic Record Press 90 Germany Kurt Helbig Amsterdam (NED) July 28, 1928
90 France Jules Meese Amsterdam (NED) July 28, 1928
90 Italy Gastone Pierini Amsterdam (NED) July 28, 1928
90 Germany Willi Reinfrank Amsterdam (NED) July 28, 1928
Snatch 102.5 Austria Hans Haas Amsterdam (NED) July 28, 1928
Clean & Jerk 135 Austria Hans Haas Amsterdam (NED) July 28, 1928
135 Germany Kurt Helbig Amsterdam (NED) July 28, 1928
Total 322.5 Austria Hans Haas Amsterdam (NED) July 28, 1928
322.5 Germany Kurt Helbig Amsterdam (NED) July 28, 1928

René Duverger set a new Olympic record in press with 97.5 kilograms and in total with 325 kilograms.

 

Results

All figures in kilograms.

Place Weightlifter Press Snatch Clean & jerk Total
1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3.
1  René Duverger (FRA) 90 95 97.5 95 100 102.5 120 125 X (130) 325
2  Hans Haas (AUT) 77.5 82.5 X (85) 95 100 X (102.5) 125 X (130) X (130) 307.5
3  Gastone Pierini (ITA) 87.5 92.5 X (95) 85 90 X (92.5) 115 120 X (122.5) 302.5
4  Pierino Gabetti (ITA) 77.5 82.5 85 90 X (95) 95 X (120) X (120) 120 300
5  Arnie Sundberg (USA) 72.5 X (77.5) 77.5 85 90 X (92.5) 112.5 117.5 X (122.5) 285
6  Walter Zagurski (USA) 77.5 X (82.5) 82.5 X (85) 85 90 112.5 X (117.5) X (117.5) 285
 

Final Standings

 
Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K  
1 René Duverger 21 France FRA Gold 325.0 OR
2 Hans Haas 25 Austria AUT Silver 307.5  
3 Gastone Pierini 32 Italy ITA Bronze 302.5  
4 Pierino Gabetti 28 Italy ITA   300.0  
5 Arnie Sundberg 26 United States USA   285.0  
6 Wally Zagurski 21 United States USA   285.0  
 

Men's Middleweight 75kg

 Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: July 31, 1932
Date Finished: July 31, 1932
Format: Total of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement

Seven weightlifters from six nations competed.

 

Summary

There were seven entrants, with German [Rudolf Ismayr] slightly favored over Italy's [Carlo Galimberti]. Ismayr had held the world record in 1931 and was the 1931 European Champion. Galimberti was the defending silver medalist from Amsterdam and had also been runner-up at the Europeans in 1930-31. In 1930 that title went to [Kurt Helbig], who was the current world record holder and had won gold at Amsterdam in the lightweight class, but he did not compete at Los Angeles. Another medal contender was Austrian [Karl Hipfinger], the 1929 European Champion.

Ismayr and Galimberti tied in the press with 102.5 kg, also equaled by [Roger François] (FRA). Ismayr moved 5.0 kg ahead after the snatch, with Galimberti second, and François in third. The best lift in the clean & jerk was by Hipfinger, which brought him the bronze medal. Ismayr remained in first to garner gold with Galimberti taking another silver medal. In 1936 at Berlin, Ismayr would win the silver medal.

The men's middleweight event was part of the weightlifting programme at the 1932 Summer Olympics. The weight class was the third-lightest contested, and allowed weightlifters of up to 75 kilograms (165 pounds). The competition was held on Sunday, July 31, 1932.

Seven weightlifters from six nations competed.

 

Records

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in kilograms) prior to the 1932 Summer Olympics.

World Record Press >105.5 ?    
Snatch >112 Germany Rudolf Ismayr    
Clean & Jerk 145 Austria Karl Hipfinger Vienna (AUT) 1931
Total >352 ?    
Olympic Record Press 105 Italy Carlo Galimberti Amsterdam (NED) July 29, 1928
Snatch 105 Netherlands Guus Scheffer Amsterdam (NED) July 29, 1928
Clean & Jerk 135 Germany Franz Zinner Amsterdam (NED) July 29, 1928
Total 335 France Roger François Amsterdam (NED) July 29, 1928

Karl Hipfinger set a new Olympic record in snatch with 107.5 kilograms and in clean and jerk with 140 kilograms. Rudolf Ismayr set a new Olympic record in total with 345 kilograms.

 

Results

All figures in kilograms.

Place Weightlifter Press Snatch Clean & jerk Total
1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3.
1  Rudolf Ismayr (GER) 95 102.5 X (107.5) 100 110 X (115) 132.5 X (140) X (140) 345
2  Carlo Galimberti (ITA) 95 102.5 X (105) 95 102.5 105 127.5 X (132.5) 132.5 340
3  Karl Hipfinger (AUT) 85 90 X (92.5) 100 105 107.5 135 140 X (145) 337.5
4  Roger François (FRA) 95 102.5 X (105) 95 102.5 X (105) X (125) 125 130 335
5  Stanley Kratkowski (USA) 82.5 X (87.5) X (87.5) X (102.5) 102.5 X (110) 120 X (125) X (125) 335
6  Julio Juaneda (ARG) 70 75 X (80) 85 90 X (95) 115 120 X (125) 285
7  Sam Termine (USA) 82.5 87.5 X (90) 100 105 X (110) X (132.5) X (132.5) X (132.5) 192.5
 

Final Standings

 
Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K  
1 Rudolf Ismayr 23 Germany GER Gold 345.0 OR
2 Carlo Galimberti 37 Italy ITA Silver 340.0  
3 Karl Hipfinger 26 Austria AUT Bronze 337.5  
4 Roger François 31 France FRA   335.0  
5 Stanley Kratkowski 19 United States USA   305.0  
6 Julio Juaneda   Argentina ARG   285.0  
7 Sam Termine 21 United States USA   192.5  
 

Men's Light-Heavyweight 82.5kg

 Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: July 30, 1932
Date Finished: July 30, 1932
Format: Total of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement.

Four weightlifters from three nations competed.

 

Summary

There were only four entrants with Frenchman [Louis Hostin] favored. Hostin had won silver at the 1930 European Championships and at the 1928 Olympics. The 1931 European Champion was Egypt's [Hussein Moukhtar] but he did not compete in Los Angeles. Hostin's only competition was Denmark's [Svend Olsen], bronze medalist at the 1931 Europeans. Hostin and Olsen tied in the press with 102.5 kg and both also lifted 150.0 kg in the clean & jerk, but Hostin won the gold medal with his snatch of 112.5 kg, which bettered Olsen by 5.0 kg. The other two lifters were Americans, with [Henry Duey] taking the bronze medal over [Bill Good].

The men's light-heavyweight event was part of the weightlifting programme at the 1932 Summer Olympics. The weight class was the second-heaviest contested, and allowed weightlifters of up to 82.5 kilograms (181.5 pounds). The competition was held on Saturday, July 30, 1932.

Four weightlifters from three nations competed.

 

Records

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in kilograms) prior to the 1932 Summer Olympics.

World Record Press >110.5 ?    
Snatch >117.5 ?    
Clean & Jerk >152.5 ?    
Total >372 ?    
Olympic Record Press 100 Germany Jakob Vogt Amsterdam (NED) July 29, 1928
100 Czechoslovakia Václav Pšenička Amsterdam (NED) July 29, 1928
100 France Louis Hostin Amsterdam (NED) July 29, 1928
100 Egypt El Sayed Nosseir Amsterdam (NED) July 29, 1928
Snatch 112.5 Egypt El Sayed Nosseir Amsterdam (NED) July 29, 1928
Clean & Jerk 142.5 Egypt El Sayed Nosseir Amsterdam (NED) July 29, 1928
142.5 France Louis Hostin Amsterdam (NED) July 29, 1928
Total 355 Egypt El Sayed Nosseir Amsterdam (NED) July 29, 1928
 Louis Hostin and Svend Olsen both improved the standing Olympic record in press with 102.5 kilograms. Louis Hostin also equalized the Olympic record in snatch with 112.5 kilograms and bettered the record in clean and jerk with 150 kilograms and in total with 365 kilograms
 

Results

All figures in kilograms.

Place Weightlifter Press Snatch Clean & jerk Total
1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3.
1  Louis Hostin (FRA) 97.5 X (102.5) 102.5 105 110 112.5 140 145 150 365
2  Svend Olsen (DEN) 95 100 102.5 102.5 107.5 X (132.5) 127.5 X (132.5) 132.5 340
3  Henry Duey (USA) 87.5 92.5 X (95) 95 100 105 127.5 X (132.5) 132.5 330
4  Bill Good (USA) X (90) X (95) 95 X (92.5) 92.5 97.5 X (130) 130 X (135) 322.5

Final Standings

 
Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K  
1 Louis Hostin 24 France FRA Gold 365.0 OR
2 Svend Olsen 23 Denmark DEN Silver 360.0  
3 Henry Duey 24 United States USA Bronze 330.0  
4 Bill Good 22 United States USA   322.5  
 

Men's Heavyweight +82.5kg

 Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Grand Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: July 31, 1932
Date Finished: July 31, 1932
Format: Total of best lifts in military press, snatch, and clean & jerk determined placement.

Six weightlifters from four nations competed.

 

Summary

The defending champion was [Josef Straßberger] of Germany, who was the 1929 European Champion, and had won bronze at the Europeans in 1930-31. The top heavyweight since Amsterdam had been Egyptian [Sayed Nosseir], the 1928 gold medalist in light-heavyweight, who had won the European heavyweight titles in 1930-31 and held the world record of 400.0 kg coming into Los Angeles. But he did not compete in 1932.

Without Nosseir present, Straßberger seemed to have a clear path to gold but the best he could do was win bronze behind two Czechoslvaks, [Jaroslav Skobla] and [Václav Pšenička, Sr.]. All the medals were closely fought, with Skobla taking gold over Pšenička by only 2.5 kg. Pšenička and Straßberger tied at 377.5 kg but Pšenička won the silver medal based on lower bodyweight. He would repeat as silver medalist at Berlin in 1936. [Skobla's son] would win a bronze medal in the [shot put at Melbourne in 1956].

The men's heavyweight event was part of the weightlifting programme at the 1932 Summer Olympics. The weight class was the heaviest contested, and allowed weightlifters over 82.5 kilograms (181.5 pounds). The competition was held on Sunday, July 31, 1932.

Six weightlifters from four nations competed.

 

Records

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in kilograms) prior to the 1932 Summer Olympics.

World Record Press 133 Austria Rudolf Schilberg Vienna (AUT) 1931
Snatch >126 ?    
Clean & Jerk 167 Egypt El Sayed Nosseir Luxembourg City (LUX) 1931
Total 400 Egypt El Sayed Nosseir Cairo (EGY) 1931
Olympic Record Press 122.5 Germany Josef Straßberger Amsterdam (NED) July 29, 1928
Snatch 110 Estonia Arnold Luhaäär Amsterdam (NED) July 29, 1928
110 Austria Josef Leppelt Amsterdam (NED) July 29, 1928
110 Germany Hermann Volz Amsterdam (NED) July 29, 1928
Clean & Jerk 150 Estonia Arnold Luhaäär Amsterdam (NED) July 29, 1928
Total 372.5 Germany Josef Straßberger Amsterdam (NED) July 29, 1928

Josef Strassberger improved the standing Olympic record in press with 125 kilograms. Václav Pšenička bettered the Olympic record in snatch with 117.5 kilograms and Jaroslav Skobla set new Olympic records in clean and jerk with 152.5 kilograms and in total with 380 kilograms.

 

Results

All figures in kilograms.

Place Weightlifter Press Snatch Clean & jerk Total
1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3.
1  Jaroslav Skobla (TCH) 107.5 112.5 X (115) 107.5 112.5 115 150 152.5 - 380
2  Václav Pšenička (TCH) 110 112.5 - 110 115 117.5 X (147.5) 147.5 X (152.5) 377.5
3  Josef Straßberger (GER) 115 120 125 102.5 107.5 110 137.5 X (142.5) 142.5 377.5
4  Marcel Dumoulin (FRA) 90 95 X (97.5) 102.5 107.5 X (110) 135 140 X (145) 342.5
5  Albert Manger (USA) 90 95 100 87.5 92.5 X (97.5) 117.5 122.5 X (127.5) 315
6  Howard Turbyfill (USA) 77.5 X (82.5) X (82.5) 95 X (100) X (100) 127.5 132.5 X (137.5) 305
 

Final Standings

 
Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K  
1 Jaroslav Skobla 33 Czechoslovakia TCH Gold 380.0 OR
2 Václav PÅ¡enička, Sr. 25 Czechoslovakia TCH Silver 377.5  
3 Josef Straßberger 37 Germany GER Bronze 377.5  
4 Marcel Dumoulin 27 France FRA   342.5  
5 Albert Manger 33 United States USA   315.0  
6 Howard Turbyfill   United States USA   305.0  

 

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