Weightlifting at the 1952 Summer Olympics – Men's 90 kg
The men's 90 kg weightlifting competitions at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki took place on 27 July at Messuhalli. It was the first appearance of the middle heavyweight class (or, as it was listed in the 1952 Official Report, the "heavy lightweight" class). Previously all weightlifters above the light heavyweight (82.5 kg) class competed together in the heavyweight class; this new middle heavyweight class featured weightlifters between 82.5 kg and 90 kg.
|Men's 90 kg|
at the Games of the XV Olympiad
|Date||27 July 1952|
|Competitors||20 from 20 nations|
|Winning total||445 kg WR|
Each weightlifter had three attempts at each of the three lifts. The best score for each lift was summed to give a total. The weightlifter could increase the weight between attempts (minimum of 5 kg between first and second attempts, 2.5 kg between second and third attempts) but could not decrease weight. If two or more weightlifters finished with the same total, the competitors' body weights were used as the tie-breaker (lighter athlete wins).
Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record||Press||Grigory Novak (URS)||143 kg||1952|
|Snatch||Norbert Schemansky (USA)||133.5 kg||Milan, Italy||28 October 1951|
|Clean & Jerk||Norbert Schemansky (USA)||175 kg||Milan, Italy||28 October 1951|
|Total||Norbert Schemansky (USA)||427.5 kg||Milan, Italy||28 October 1951|
|Olympic record||Press||New event||–||–||–|
|Clean & Jerk||New event||–||–||–|
|Press (kg)||Snatch (kg)||Clean & Jerk (kg)||Total|
|Norbert Schemansky||United States||90.00||122.5||127.5||127.5||130||135||140
||177.5 WR||445 WR|
|Grigory Novak||Soviet Union||87.95||140||140 OR||125||125||145||—||145||410|
|Lennox Kilgour||Trinidad and Tobago||89.40||120||125||125||112.5||120||120||147.5||155||157.5||157.5||402.5|
|4||Mohamed Ibrahim Saleh||Egypt||89.25||110||110||117.5||122.5||125||125||150||160||162.5||162.5||397.5|
|8||Theunis Jonck||South Africa||89.30||112.5||112.5||105||110||110||140||145||145||367.5|
|12||Jorge Soto||Puerto Rico||89.05||107.5||112.5||112.5||107.5||102.5||110||110||110||140||145||145||140||357.5|
|15||Jens Jørn Mortensen||Denmark||89.55||95||100||102.5||102.5||100||100||135||142.5||142.5||345|
|17||Melville Barnett||Great Britain||89.55||117.5||117.5||110||110||—||227.5|
|19||Kamineni Eswara Rao||India||89.40||107.5||107.5||97.5||105||105||—||212.5|
Because the weight class was new to the Olympics, there was certain to be an initial Olympic record in each lift as well as the total. Schemansky, however, broke his own world records from the 1951 World Weightlifting Championships in two of the lifts as well as the combined score. Novak, who had set the world record in the press earlier in the year at 143 kg, was not able to match that score but still led handily in that lift at 140 kg (12.5 kg over Schemansky's second-place 127.5 kg).
|Press||140 kg||Grigory Novak (URS)||OR|
|Snatch||140 kg||Norbert Schemansky (USA)||WR|
|Clean & Jerk||177.5 kg||Norbert Schemansky (USA)||WR|
|Total||445 kg||Norbert Schemansky (USA)||WR|
- Schemansky was allowed to attempt to extend his world records in the snatch and clean & jerk
- Official Report, p. 392.
- "Weightlifting at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games: Men's Middle-Heavyweight". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 25 December 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)