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Weightlifting at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Men's Bantamweight

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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.

Gold: BUL Norayr Nurikyan
Silver: POL Grzegorz Cziura
Bronze: JPN Kenkichi Ando

Summary

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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Norayr Nurikyan 27 Bulgaria BUL Gold 262.5 WR
2 Grzegorz Cziura 24 Poland POL Silver 252.5
3 Kenkichi Ando 26 Japan JPN Bronze 250.0
4 Leszek Skorupa 25 Poland POL 250.0
5 Imre Földi 38 Hungary HUN 245.0
6 Bernhard Bachfisch 23 West Germany FRG 242.5
7 Carlos Lastre 26 Cuba CUB 240.0
8 Fazlollah Dehkhoda 27 Iran IRI 240.0
9 Jean-Claude Chavigny 24 France FRA 235.0
10 Feyzollah Nasseri 21 Iran IRI 232.5
11 Muhammad Manzoor 23 Pakistan PAK 225.0
12 Serge Stresser 22 France FRA 225.0
13 Arturo del Rosario 23 Philippines PHI 222.5
14 Ahmed Mahmoud Mashall 27 Egypt EGY 217.5
15 Edgar Tornez 21 Guatemala GUA 215.0
16 Paulo de Sene 28 Brazil BRA 215.0
17 Ezequiel Sánchez 27 Colombia COL 210.0
AC Jiro Hosotani 26 Japan JPN [100.0]
AC Imre Stefanovics 21 Hungary HUN [102.5]
AC Han Gyong-Si 22 North Korea PRK [110.0]
AC Naftaly Parrales 35 Nicaragua NCA DNF
AC Yves Carignan 23 Canada CAN DNF
AC Karel Prohl 28 Czechoslovakia TCH DNF
AC Kurt Pittner 33 Austria AUT DNF