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Weightlifting at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Date Started: July 29, 1984
Date Finished: July 29, 1984
Events: 10

Participants: 186 (186 men and 0 women) from 48 countries
Youngest Participant: TUN Hatem Bouabid (17 years, 345 days)
Oldest Participant: FIN Uolevi Kahelin (34 years, 45 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 30 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): ROU Romania (8 medals)


The 1984 weightliting competition were heavily influenced by the East Block boycott. Of the 30 medals divided at the 1983 World Championships, only one had been won by an athlete whose nation competed at Los Angeles, Romanian Gelu Radu. The title holders had come from the Soviet Union (6), Bulgaria (3) and East Germany (1), all absent. The nations that now dominated the sport were China, which took part for the first time since 1936 and claimed the four lower weight categories, and Romania, the one East Block nation that did compete in LA, taking home 8 medals.

A week after the Olympics the weightlifting competitions at the Friendship Games, the communist alternative to the Olympics, were held in Varna, Bulgaria. The USSR and Bulgaria both won five titles in a competition that yielded no less than 30 world records. By contrast, 0 world records were beaten in Los Angeles.