Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): St. Michel Arena, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 24, 1976
Date Finished: July 24, 1976
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.
This event was expected to be contested between Valery Shary (URS) and Trendafil Stoychev (BUL), the last two World Champions, and the chalk came through, although it took doping controls to establish the final podium. Shary and Stoychev tied with 162.5 kg in the snatch, also equalled by Stoychev’s teammate Blagoy Blagoev. When Shary lifted 202.5 kg in the clean & jerk the gold medal was his, followed by Blagoev, who jerked 200.0 kg, and Stoychev, who managed 197.5 kg. However, Blagoev was then disqualified for an unannounced anabolic steroid detected in his doping test, moving Stoychev up to the silver medal, and brought Hungary’s Péter Baczako the bronze medal. At Moskva in 1980, Blagoev would win the silver medal in this class. Baczako would move up in weight and win the gold medal in 1980 as a middle-heavyweight.
|1||Valery Shary||29||Soviet Union||URS||Gold||365.0||OR|
|8||Gerd Kennel||24||West Germany||FRG||312.5|
|10||Samuel Bigler||29||United States||USA||307.5|
|AC||Rolf Milser||25||West Germany||FRG||[205.0]|
|AC||Pierre St. Jean||33||Canada||CAN||DNF|