Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): St. Michel Arena, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 19, 1976
Date Finished: July 19, 1976
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.
The world record holder was Bulgarian [Atanas Kirov] and he had won the last three World Championships, but he was not chosen for the 1976 Olympics, replaced by [Norair Nurikyan]. Nurikyan was gold medalist in 1972 at München as a featherweight and he had competed in that class since 1972, winning medals at the 1973-74 World Championships, although he did not win either year. Nurikyan won the gold medal in Montréal easily, recording the best lift in both the snatch and clean & jerk, and breaking Kirov’s world record with a total of 262.5 kg. Behind him was Poland’s [Grzegorz Cziura], who had no significant international record previously. The bronze medal went to Japan’s [Kenkichi Ando], who was better known, though barely, having won the class at the 1974 Asian Games. Fifth-place went to Hungarian [Imre Földi], the defending gold medalist, who had medalled as a bantamweight in 1964-72, and in Montréal became the first weightlifter to compete at five Olympics.
|6||Bernhard Bachfisch||23||West Germany||FRG||242.5|
|13||Arturo del Rosario||23||Philippines||PHI||222.5|
|14||Ahmed Mahmoud Mashall||27||Egypt||EGY||217.5|
|16||Paulo de Sene||28||Brazil||BRA||215.0|
|AC||Han Gyong-Si||22||North Korea||PRK||[110.0]|