Charles Vinci at first place
|Born||(1933-02-28)February 28, 1933|
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
|Died||June 13, 2018(2018-06-13) (aged 85)|
Elyria, Ohio, U.S.
|Height||4 ft 11 1⁄2 in (151 cm)|
|Weight||123 lb (56 kg)|
Charles Thomas Vinci Jr. (February 28, 1933 – June 13, 2018) was an American weightlifter and Olympic champion. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Vinci was the United States Senior National Champion from 1954 to 1956 and from 1958 to 1961. He received silver medals in the 1955 and 1958 world championships. He won gold medals at the 1955 and 1959 Pan American games. He won a gold medal at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, with a world-record three-lift (snatch, clean and jerk, overhead press) total of 342.5 kilograms (755.1 lb). Just prior to weighing-in, Vinci was 1.5 pounds overweight. After an hour of running and sweating, he was still seven ounces over the limit, but a severe last-minute haircut saw him make the weight limit. He won gold again at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome.