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|