Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Izmaylovo Palace of Sports, Moskva
Date Started: July 26, 1980
Date Finished: July 26, 1980
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.
There was no heavier favorite in the 1980 weightlifting tournament than Soviet [Yurik Vardanyan]. Vardanyan held the world record, had not been defeated in three years, winning the 1977-79 World Championships, and also won lift gold medals in every lift at all three Worlds. His gold medal in Moskva was won in dominant fashion, as he set world records in both lifts, and his world record total of 400.0 kg would have won the gold medal as a middle-heavyweight (≤90 kg) or a heavyweight I (≤100 kg). Bulgarian [Blagoi Blagoev] won silver, fully 27.5 kg behind Vardanyan. In 1976 Blagoev had seemed to win the gold medal in this class, but was later disqualified for a doping positive.
|1||Yuri Vardanyan||24||Soviet Union||URS||Gold||400.0||WR|
|7||Detlef Blasche||24||East Germany||GDR||345.0|
|11||Talal Hassoun Abdul Kader||Iraq||IRQ||322.5|
|13||Stephen Pinsent||25||Great Britain||GBR||305.0|
|AC||Serge Van Cottom||27||Belgium||BEL||DNF|