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Weightlifting at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Men's Lightweight

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Izmaylovo Palace of Sports, Moskva
Date Started: July 23, 1980
Date Finished: July 23, 1980
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: BUL Yanko Rusev
Silver: GDR Joachim Kunz
Bronze: BUL Mincho Pashov

Summary

Bulgarian Yanko Rusev came in as the favorite as the world record holder and 1978-79 World Champion. Rusev took the lead with a snatch of 147.5 kg, matched by Frenchman Daniel Senet, but Rusev’s world record clean & jerk of 195.0 kg brought him the expected gold medal, and a world record total of 342.5 kg. Senet dropped off the podium, with East German Joachim Kunz winning silver and Bulgarian [Mincho Pachov] the bronze. None would compete in 1984 because of the Soviet-led boycott, but Kunz would return and win the gold medal in this class at Seoul in 1988.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Yanko Rusev 21 Bulgaria BUL Gold 342.5 WR
2 Joachim Kunz 21 East Germany GDR Silver 335.0
3 Mincho Pashov 18 Bulgaria BUL Bronze 325.0
4 Daniel Senet 27 France FRA 322.5
5 Gunter Ambraß 24 East Germany GDR 320.0
6 Zbigniew Kaczmarek 33 Poland POL 317.5
7 Raúl González 23 Cuba CUB 317.5
8 Virgil Dociu 26 Romania ROU 310.0
9 Dušan Drška 27 Czechoslovakia TCH 290.0
10 Juhani Salakka 29 Finland FIN 282.5
11 Bill Stellios 21 Australia AUS 282.5
12 Nicolas Lasorsa 26 France FRA 280.0
13 Li Gwang-Ju 27 North Korea PRK 280.0
14 Leo Isaac 25 Great Britain GBR 275.0
15 Pavlos Lespouridis 21 Greece GRE 270.0
16 Walter Legel 40 Austria AUT 270.0
17 Mohammed Yaseen Mohammed 17 Iraq IRQ 270.0
18 Alan Winterbourne 33 Great Britain GBR 267.5
19 Andrés Santoyo 28 Mexico MEX 260.0
20 Sergio De Luca 24 San Marino SMR 255.0