Weightlifting at the 1896 Summer Olympics

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Weightlifting

At the 1896 Summer Olympics, two weightlifting events were contested (men's one hand lift and two hand lift). The top two places were won by the same two men in each event, though their order was reversed for the two events. The bronze medals were split by the two Greek weightlifters. A total of seven men from five nations competed.

Medal summary[edit]

These medals are retroactively assigned by the International Olympic Committee; at the time, winners were given a silver medal and subsequent places received no award.

Event Gold Silver Bronze
One hand lift
details
Launceston Elliot
 Great Britain
Viggo Jensen
 Denmark
Alexandros Nikolopoulos
 Greece
Two hand lift
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Viggo Jensen
 Denmark
Launceston Elliot
 Great Britain
Sotirios Versis
 Greece

Participating nations[edit]

A total of 7 weightlifters from 5 nations competed at the Athens Games:

Medal table[edit]

These medals are retroactively assigned by the International Olympic Committee; at the time, winners were given a silver medal and subsequent places received no award.

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Denmark 1 1 0 2
 Great Britain 1 1 0 2
3  Greece 0 0 2 2

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Lampros, S.P.; Polites, N.G.; De Coubertin, Pierre; Philemon, P.J. & Anninos, C. (1897). The Olympic Games: BC 776 – AD 1896. Athens: Charles Beck.  (Digitally available at [1])
  • Mallon, Bill & Widlund, Ture (1998). The 1896 Olympic Games. Results for All Competitors in All Events, with Commentary. Jefferson: McFarland. ISBN 0-7864-0379-9.  (Excerpt available at [2])
  • Smith, Michael Llewellyn (2004). Olympics in Athens 1896. The Invention of the Modern Olympic Games. London: Profile Books. ISBN 1-86197-342-X.