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Weightlifting at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): St. Michel Arena, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 26, 1976
Date Finished: July 26, 1976
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: URS Yury Zaytsev
Silver: BUL Krastyu Semerdzhiev
Bronze: POL Tadeusz Rutkowski

Summary

The results in this event were significantly affected by the doping controls after the event ended. Bulgaria’s Valentin Khristov, 1975 World Champion, lifted 400.0 kg and seemed to have won the gold medal, but he was disqualified for detection of an anabolic steroid, although a pre-Olympic test had been negative. This gave the gold medal to Soviet Yury Zaytsev, who had been silver medalist at the 1976 European Championships, and bronze medalist at the 1974 Worlds. American Mark Cameron originally finished fifth, but he was also disqualified for anabolic steroids.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Yury Zaytsev 25 Soviet Union URS Gold 385.0 OR
2 Krastyu Semerdzhiev 22 Bulgaria BUL Silver 385.0 OR
3 Tadeusz Rutkowski 25 Poland POL Bronze 377.5
4 Pierre Gourrier 29 France FRA 372.5
5 Jürgen Ciezki 24 East Germany GDR 372.5
6 Javier González 26 Cuba CUB 365.0
7 Leif Nilsson 23 Sweden SWE 365.0
8 Rudolf Strejček 25 Czechoslovakia TCH 362.5
9 Russ Prior 27 Canada CAN 362.5
10 Taito Haara 33 Finland FIN 360.0
11 Lennart Dahlgren 24 Sweden SWE 355.0
12 Gary Drinnon 26 United States USA 352.5
13 Vinzenz Hörtnagl 28 Austria AUT 350.0
14 John Burns 27 Great Britain GBR 347.5
15 Rory Barrett 30 New Zealand NZL 342.5
16 Robert Santavy 28 Canada CAN 337.5
17 Houshang Kargarnejad 31 Iran IRI 322.5
AC Ali Valli 25 Iran IRI [140.0]
AC Stephen Wyatt 26 Australia AUS [150.0]
AC Mark Cameron 23 United States USA [375.0] DQ
AC Valentin Khristov 20 Bulgaria BUL [400.0] DQ
AC Brian Strange 22 Great Britain GBR DNF