Weightlifters from all over the world gathered in the Japanese capital, Tokyo, on Sunday (2 November) to take part in the first International Intercity Tournament.
GV ZOOM OUT FROM Sign To Weight-litters on rostrum
SV Kolesnikov (USSR)) fails on third jerk
SV Cantore (USA) completing third jerk and score-board (150 kms)
MV Takada (Japan) failing third jerk
SV Kaczmarek (Poland) fails jerk
SV Kaczmarek in award ceremony
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Background: Weightlifters from all over the world gathered in the Japanese capital, Tokyo, on Sunday (2 November) to take part in the first International Intercity Tournament.
Japan, the host country, supplied half of the 22 competitors and carried off seven of the eight prizes, despite a sterling array of grunt-and-strain efforts by European and United States lifters.
The only non-Japanese victory came in the Middleweight division, where Poland's Zbignew Kaczamarek took the honours with a combined lift of 305 kilograms (67 pounds). and two jerks of 172.5 and 180 kilograms (379 and 397 pounds) to outlift rival Pyotr Korol of the Soviet Union into second place with a total of 265 kilograms (584 pounds). Korol -- this year's world lightweight champion -- put in a snatch of 115 kilograms (253.5 pounds) and two jerks of 145 and 150 kilograms (320 and 330 pounds).
Japan's most prestigious victory was in the largest division, the Lightweight. Here, Kunihiko Takada scored a total of 275.5 kilograms (606 pounds) -- comprising a 125 kilogram (2275.5 pound) snatch and a jerk of 150 kilograms (330 pounds) -- to beat Dan Cantore of the United states, whose 117.5 kilogram (258 pound) snatch and 150 kilogram (330 pounds) jark set him 8 kilograms (17.6 pounds) short of Takada. Third came Nikolai Kolesnikov of the Soviet Union with a total of 240 kilograms (529 pounds) -- snatch, 110 kilograms (42 pounds) and jerk 130 kilograms 9286 5 pounds).
All competitors were allowed three attempts at both snatch and jerk.
Japan ... and weightlifters from all over the world gathered in Tokyo on Sunday to take part in the first International Intercity Weightlifting Tournament.
With eleven of the twenty-two entrants Japanese, European grunt-and-strain men like Nikolai Kolesnikov of he Soviet Union faced tough competition. Though he failed this, kolesnikov came third in the Lightweight division.
... And it was Dan Cantore of the United States who came second.
This successful jerk of one hundred and fifty kilograms pushed his final total to 2267.5
But it was Japan's own Kunihiko Takada who showed the strongmen the way. Despite this failure, he out in a combined snatch and jerk total eight kilograms ahead of Cantore to win.
In the Middleweights, Poland's Zbignew Kaczmarek scored the only non-Japanese victory of the competition. A combined lift of 305 kilograms gave him an impressive victory over world lightweight champion Pyotr Korol of the Soviet Union.