Ibrahim Shams in London (1948)


History in Color:

Legendary Olympic weightlifter Ibrahim Shams of Alexandria, Egypt competes in the lightweight class at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London.

Ibrahim Shams (1914-2001) competed at two Summer Olympics – in 1936 and 1948. There was a 12-year long intermission between the Olympic tournaments because of the World War II.

In 1936, Shams won bronze Olympic medal in the featherweight in Berlin.

12 years later, at 34, he became an Olympic champion in the lightweight at the Olympics in London.

Shams also won the World title in 1949 and 1951 and set 5 world records.

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