Louis Martin (weightlifter)

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Louis Martin
Louis Martin Wedding 1964.jpg
Martin getting married, 14 November 1964
Personal information
Born11 November 1936
Kingston, Jamaica
Died16 January 2015 (aged 78)
Heanor, Derbyshire, United Kingdom
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight90 kg (198 lb)
CountryJamaica, Great Britain, England

Louis George Martin (11 November 1936 – 16 January 2015) was a British middle-heavyweight weightlifter.


Martin was born in Kingston, Jamaica, where he did some bodybuilding. In the mid-1950s he moved to the United Kingdom and started training in weightlifting.

At the 1958 Commonwealth Games he still represented Jamaica, but the next year he won a world title while competing for Great Britain. At the Summer Olympics, he won a bronze medal in 1960 and a silver medal in 1964; he failed in the last (clean and jerk) event in 1968. Between 1959 and 1965 he won four world and four European titles and set four world records, though only two became official.[1][2][3]

He represented England and won a gold medal in the middle heavyweight division, at the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Perth, Western Australia.[4]

He went on to secure three consecutive gold medals at the Commonwealth Games, winning the gold in the middle heavyweight division at both the 1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica and the 1970 British Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, Scotland.[5][6][7]

In 2018, Martin was one of the first people to be commemorated by a plaque on Derby's walk of fame.[8]


  1. ^ "Weightlifter Louis Martin dies, aged 78". The Sunday Times. 17 January 2015.
  2. ^ Louis Martin. chidlovski.net
  3. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Louis Martin". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020.
  4. ^ "1962 Athletes". Team England.
  5. ^ "Athletes and results". Commonwealth Games Federation.
  6. ^ "1966 Athletes". Team England.
  7. ^ "Kingston, Jamaica, 1966 Team". Team England.
  8. ^ Mallett, Chris (12 May 2018). "Revealed: these are the people YOU chose to be on Derby's walk of fame". Derby Telegraph. Retrieved 12 May 2018.