At a glance

30 Jan 1911 Paris, France
164 cm / 67 kg 5'5'' / 147 pounds
Male
René Duverger grew up in Paris where he played football as a teenager. In 1927, he started weightlifting. He soon closed the gap to the international top class and at only 19-years-old he was runner-up as a lightweight at the 1930 European Championships. In the years following the Los Angeles Olympics he continued to have success, but without winning another international title. In 1934 he repeated his second place at the European Championships and took a third place at the same event in 1935. His battles with the Austrians Hans Haas and Robert Fein were legendary. Nationally, he was French...

René Duverger grew up in Paris where he played football as a teenager. In 1927, he started weightlifting. He soon closed the gap to the international top class and at only 19-years-old he was runner-up as a lightweight at the 1930 European Championships. In the years following the Los Angeles Olympics he continued to have success, but without winning another international title. In 1934 he repeated his second place at the European Championships and took a third place at the same event in 1935. His battles with the Austrians Hans Haas and Robert Fein were legendary. Nationally, he was French champion in the lightweight class 10 times (1930-34, 1936-37, 1943-45). In 1952 at age 41 he still lifted 282.5 kg in the Olympic triathlon. After his competitive career Duverger was for many years Secretary of the Weightlifting Federation of France. He was a teacher by profession and a pioneer of physical education in France.

René in numbers

2
Olympics
Olympics
1
medals
Gold medal:1 Silver medal: Bronze medal:
  • Berlin
    Berlin 1936
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Berlin
    Berlin 1936
    • 7
      Weightlifting
      Lightweight (≤67½ kilograms)
  • Los Angeles
    Los Angeles 1932
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Los Angeles
    Los Angeles 1932
    • 1 Gold medal
      Weightlifting
      Lightweight (≤67½ kilograms)