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Weightlifting at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Men's Lightweight

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): St. Michel Arena, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 21, 1976
Date Finished: July 21, 1976
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: URS Petro Korol
Silver: FRA Daniel Senet
Bronze: POL Kazimierz Czarnecki
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Petro Korol (URS) had won the 1974-75 World Championships, with silver both years going to Poland Zbigniew Kaczmarek, the 1970-71 World Champion, who came to Montréal having already won the 1976 European Championships and the two were expected to fight it out for gold. They were tied after the snatch at 135.0 kg, along with France’s Daniel Senet. Kaczmarek then lifted 172.5 kg in the clean & jerk and the gold medal was seemingly his. However, he tested positive in doping controls for an anabolic steroid, the exact identity of which was never announced, and he was disqualified. Korol was advanced to the gold medal with Senet winning silver, and the bronze going to Kaczmarek’s teammate Kazimierz Czarnecki, who was unknown internationally. Kaczmarek continued to compete through the 1980 Olympics, where he placed sixth in this class, but in 1982 he and his family defected to West Germany.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Petro Korol 35 Soviet Union URS Gold 305.0
2 Daniel Senet 23 France FRA Silver 300.0
3 Kazimierz Czarnecki 28 Poland POL Bronze 295.0
4 Gunter Ambraß 20 East Germany GDR 295.0
5 Yatsuo Shimaya 22 Japan JPN 292.5
6 Tony Urrutia 18 Cuba CUB 292.5
7 Werner Schraut 35 West Germany FRG 290.0
8 Roland Chavigny 25 France FRA 285.0
9 Kevin Welch-Kennedy 23 Great Britain GBR 282.5
10 Walter Legel 36 Austria AUT 272.5
11 Dan Cantore 29 United States USA 272.5
12 Kemal Başkır 24 Turkey TUR 270.0
13 Gottfried Langthaler 23 Austria AUT 270.0
14 Francisco Mateos 29 Spain ESP 270.0
15 Alan Winterbourne 29 Great Britain GBR 267.5
16 Julio Martínez 27 Puerto Rico PUR 260.0
17 Warino Lestanto 23 Indonesia INA 255.0
18 Sergio Moreno 26 Nicaragua NCA 217.5
AC Eleftherios Stefanoudakis 27 Greece GRE [120.0]
AC Yusaku Ono 29 Japan JPN [125.0]
AC Dušan Drška 23 Czechoslovakia TCH [127.5]
AC Zbigniew Kaczmarek 29 Poland POL [307.5] DQ
AC Philip Sue 29 New Zealand NZL DNF