Canadian Olympic Medal Count
At the age of 20, Canadian weightlifter Gerald “Gerry” Gratton made Canada’s first appearance in the sport at London 1948, where he finished fifth in the middleweight division. Four years later at Helsinki 1952, he originally won the middleweight competition but the Americans protested his winning lift form and the jury of appeals upheld their objection, demoting Gratton to the silver medal position (and promoting American to gold). It was Canada’s first Olympic medal in weightlifting. Gratton was a medal favourite at Melbourne 1956, but he didn’t make weight at the official weigh-in, by 100 grams (two ounces).
A two-time gold medalist at the British Empire Games, Gratton won the middleweight title in 1950 and the light heavyweight title in 1954, where he was the Canadian team flagbearer in the Opening Ceremony. His final international competition was at the 1958 British Empire Games where he finished fifth.
Gratton started weightlifting in the 1940s, London 1948 being one of his first major international competitions. He died at the age of 35 from severe injuries suffered in an automobile accident.
Gratton was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1955 and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.
|1948 London||Weightlifting||77kg - Men||5|
|1952 Helsinki||Weightlifting||77kg - Men||Silver|