The men's 56 kg weightlifting competitions at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne took place on 23 November at the Royal Exhibition Building. It was the third appearance of the bantamweight class.
|Men's 56 kg|
at the Games of the XVI Olympiad
|Venue||Royal Exhibition Building|
|Date||23 November 1956|
|Competitors||16 from 13 nations|
|Winning total||342.5 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||Vladimir Stogov (URS)||107.5 kg||1956|
|Snatch||Charles Vinci (USA)||102.5 kg||Munich, West Germany||12 October 1955|
|Clean & Jerk||Chen Ching Kai (CHN)||133 kg||1956|
|Total||Vladimir Stogov (URS)||335 kg||Munich, West Germany||12 October 1955|
|Olympic record||Press||Joseph De Pietro (USA)||105 kg||London, United Kingdom||9 August 1948|
|Snatch||Ivan Udodov (URS)||97.5 kg||Helsinki, Finland||25 July 1952|
|Clean & Jerk||Ivan Udodov (URS)||127.5 kg||Helsinki, Finland||25 July 1952|
|Total||Ivan Udodov (URS)||315 kg||Helsinki, Finland||25 July 1952|
|Press (kg)||Snatch (kg)||Clean & Jerk (kg)||Total|
|Charles Vinci||United States||56.00||100||105||105 =OR||100||105||105 OR||127.5||132.5||132.5||342.5 WR|
|Vladimir Stogov||Soviet Union||56.00||100||105||105 =OR||97.5||102.5||105||105 OR||127.5||127.5||337.5|
|4||Yu In-ho||South Korea||55.70||82.5||87.5||90||90||90||95||95||130||135||135 WR||320|
|5||Kim Hae-nam||South Korea||55.70||85||85||95||95||120||125||127.5||127.5||307.5|
|7||Reg Gaffley||South Africa||56.00||85||92.5||97.5||97.5||85||90||90||110||117.5||117.5||305|
|9||Song Re-nado||Republic of China||55.10||85||85||77.5||82.5||85||85||105||112.5||117.5||117.5||287.5|
|10||Gaston Gaffney||South Africa||55.70||82.5||87.5||87.5||80||85||85||112.5||112.5||285|
|11||Aw Chu Kee||Myanmar||56.00||85||85||80||80||110||110||275|
|12||Valli Asari Mookan||India||55.00||72.5||80||80||75||80||80||107.5||112.5||112.5||272.5|
|Press||105 kg|| Charles Vinci (USA)
Vladimir Stogov (URS)
|Snatch||105 kg|| Charles Vinci (USA)
Vladimir Stogov (URS)
|Clean & Jerk||135 kg||Yu In-ho (KOR)||OR|
|Total||342.5 kg||Charles Vinci (USA)||WR|
- Official Report, p. 634.
- "Weightlifting at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games: Men's Bantamweight". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 26 December 2019.