Louis Martin (weightlifter)

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Louis Martin
Louis Martin Wedding 1964.jpg
Martin getting married, 14 November 1964
Personal information
Born 11 November 1936
Kingston, Jamaica
Died 16 January 2015 (aged 78)
Heanor, Derbyshire, United Kingdom
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 90 kg (198 lb)
Country Jamaica, Great Britain, England
Sport Weightlifting

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]

In 2018, Martin was one of the first people to be commemorated by a plaque on Derby's walk of fame.[4]


  1. ^ "Weightlifter Louis Martin dies, aged 78". The Sunday Times. 17 January 2015. (Subscription required (help)). 
  2. ^ Louis Martin. chidlovski.net
  3. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Louis Martin". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. 
  4. ^ 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.