Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): St. Michel Arena, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 18, 1976
Date Finished: July 18, 1976
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.
The defending champion was Poland’s Zygmunt Smalcerz and he had won the 1975 World Championships, but Smalcerz failed to make a lift in the snatch and was eliminated. He was expected to be challenged by Iranian Mohammad Nassiri, who was World Champion in 1973-74, and Soviet Aleksandr Voronin, runner-up to Smalcerz at the 1975 Worlds, and the world record holder. The leader after the snatch, however, was Hungarian György Kőszegi. Voronin, the shortest lifter in the event at 144 cm (4-8½), had the best clean & jerk to equal his world record total with 242.5 kg and take the gold medal. Kőszegi took the silver while Nassiri settled for bronze. Nassiri had won a gold medal in 1968 and silver in 1972, both times as a bantamweight.
|1||Aleksandr Voronin||25||Soviet Union||URS||Gold||242.5||=WR|
|9||Salvador del Rosario||31||Philippines||PHI||212.5|
|10||Im Jae-Ho||22||North Korea||PRK||210.0|
|13||Precious McKenzie||40||Great Britain||GBR||200.0|
|15||Porfirio de León||19||Puerto Rico||PUR||190.0|
|AC||Moustafa Ali Abdel Halim||32||Egypt||EGY||[90.0]|
|AC||Rafael Ortega||22||Dominican Republic||DOM||DNF|
|AC||San Lázaro de la Cruz||26||Dominican Republic||DOM||DNF|