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Weightlifting at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Men's Middle-Heavyweight

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Izmaylovo Palace of Sports, Moskva
Date Started: July 27, 1980
Date Finished: July 27, 1980
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: HUN Péter Baczakó
Silver: BUL Rumen Aleksandrov
Bronze: GDR Frank Mantek

Summary

Soviet David Rigert had been the top lifter in this class throughout the 1970s, but as the heavy favorite, had bombed out at the 1972 Olympics, failing to make a lift in the snatch. He came back to win the gold medal in 1976. He was considered a challenger for gold in 1980 but was no longer as dominant as he had been, although he had won the 1978 World Championship in heavyweight I class. However, Rigert did a reprise of 1972, failing to make a lift in the snatch, and was disqualified. The other top lifter in this class was West German Rolf Milser, 1978 World Champion, and runner-up at the Worlds in 1977 and 1979. Milser could not compete in 1980 as West Germany joined the USA-led boycott, which left the class wide-open after Rigert went out. In the end the surprise gold medal was won by Hungarian Péter Baczakó, who had won Olympic bronze as a light-heavyweight in 1976. He was tied by Bulgarian Rumen Aleksandrov and East German Frank Mantek.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Péter Baczakó 28 Hungary HUN Gold 377.5
2 Rumen Aleksandrov 20 Bulgaria BUL Silver 375.0
3 Frank Mantek 21 East Germany GDR Bronze 370.0
4 Dalibor Řehák 24 Czechoslovakia TCH 365.0
5 Witold Walo 25 Poland POL 360.0
6 Lubomír Sršeň 26 Czechoslovakia TCH 357.5
7 Vasile Groapă 25 Romania ROU 355.0
8 Nikos Iliadis 29 Greece GRE 345.0
9 Gary Langford 27 Great Britain GBR 330.0
10 Norberto Oberburger 19 Italy ITA 315.0
11 Luis Rosito 29 Guatemala GUA 307.5
12 Víctor Ruiz 22 Mexico MEX 300.0
13 Guðmundur Helgason 19 Iceland ISL 295.0
AC Luigi Fratangelo 22 Australia AUS [142.5]
AC Ferenc Antalovics 27 Hungary HUN [165.0]
AC David Rigert 33 Soviet Union URS DNF
AC Hugo De Grauwe 26 Belgium BEL DNF
AC Sann Myint 28 Myanmar MYA DNF