Norbert Schemansky Going Heavy for the Olympic Gold

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Norbert Schemansky: Going Heavy for the Olympic Gold in Helsinki (1952)

July 27, 1952, Helsinki, Finland – 28-year old mid heavyweight Norbert Schemansky of Detroit, Michigan, USA performs a clean-and-jerk lift on his way to the Olympic gold in the 90,0 kg weight class at the 1952 Summer Olympics in the Messuhalli (Exhibition Hall).

He did it with a huge bang in his last attempt when he set a new world record in the clean-and-jerk (177,5 kg).

Norbert Schemansky won his gold medal with an outstanding 445,0 kg total (127,5 + 140,0 + 177,5). Schemansky had a great performance in Helsinki – he did 9 for 9 that night! He also did two additional lifts for the world records in the snatch and clean-and-jerk.

Norbert Schemansky Going Heavy for the Olympic Gold
Norbert Schemansky

Schemansky set 3 world records that night (140,0 kg in snatch, 177,5 kg in cj and 445,0 kg in total) and outlifted his main opponent Grigory Novak (USSR) by 35,0 kg!

Grigory Novak performs at the 1952 Olympics

Arthur Chidlovski


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