Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Izmaylovo Palace of Sports, Moskva
Date Started: July 20, 1980
Date Finished: July 20, 1980
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.
This was the closest competition in Olympic weightlifting history with the first four lifters all registering the same weight. The gold medal went to Soviet Kanybek Osmonaliyev who had won the 1978-79 World Championships on bodyweight, as Osmonaliyev was 0.2 kg lighter than North Korean Ho Bong-Chol. Ho’s teammate Han Gyong-Si and Hungarian Béla Oläh had both weighed the same at 52.0 kg (0.1 kg more than Ho) prior to the competition so they were re-weighed after the event ended, and Han was awarded the bronze medal as by then he weighed 0.1 kg less than Oläh. So in this case, Han Gyong-Si became an Olympic medalist because he sweated more than the other guy.
|1||Kanybek Osmonaliyev||26||Soviet Union||URS||Gold||245.0||OR|
|2||Ho Bong-Chol||20||North Korea||PRK||Silver||245.0||OR|
|3||Han Gyong-Si||26||North Korea||PRK||Bronze||245.0||OR|
|15||Almabruk Mahmud Mahmud||Libya||LBA||190.0|
|16||Durval de Moraes||20||Brazil||BRA||187.5|