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Weightlifting at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Bantamweight

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Albert Gersten Pavilion, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California, USA
Date Started: July 30, 1984
Date Finished: July 30, 1984
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: CHN Wu Shude
Silver: CHN Lai Runming
Bronze: JPN Masahiro Kotaka

Summary

Due to the Eastern Block boycott, he Olympic field only featured four competitors from the 1983 World Championships. Defending World Champion Oksen Mirzoyan was competing at the Friendship Games in Varna, where he would be defeated by Bulgarian Naim Suleimanov, who was to become a 3-time world champion as Naim Süleymanoğlu for Turkey. Of the four World Championship entrants, clear favorite was Wu Shude, who had already won a bronze at the 1982 World Championships. The other three competitors were Japanese lifters Masahiro Kotaka, Takashi Ichiba and Romanian Gheorghe Maftei.

Maftei fell behind in the snatch, and did not produce a valid lift in the clean & jerk. Meanwhile, Wu's compatriot Lai Runming equalled the Olympic Record in the snatch, leading the pack by 5 kg. Wu made up for it in the second part with 147.5 kg, while Lai and the Japanese all lifted 140 kg. This gave the title to Wu, with Lai second and Kotaka third. Back in ninth place came Algeria's Ahmed Tarbi, but he would later be removed from the rankings when it became clear he had used nandrolon.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Wu Shude 24 China CHN Gold 267.5
2 Lai Runming 21 China CHN Silver 265.0
3 Masahiro Kotaka 24 Japan JPN Bronze 252.5
4 Takashi Ichiba 23 Japan JPN 250.0
5 Kim Chil-Bong 22 South Korea KOR 245.0
6 Dionisio Muñoz 23 Spain ESP 242.5
7 Arvo Ojalehto 27 Finland FIN 242.5
8 Albert Hood 19 United States USA 242.5
9 Ioannis Katsaidonis 27 Greece GRE 240.0
10 Deven Govindasami 21 India IND 235.0
11 Chiu Yuh-Chuan 23 Chinese Taipei TPE 230.0
12 Nicolas Mercado 24 Colombia COL 230.0
13 Mohamed El-Sayed Ramadan 24 Egypt EGY 230.0
14 Jagadish Pradhan Nepal NEP 210.0
15 Nery Minchez 21 Guatemala GUA 202.5
AC Mehmet Altin 25 Turkey TUR [102.5]
AC Gheorghe Maftei 29 Romania ROU [110.0]
AC Taoufik Maaouia 25 Tunisia TUN [125.0]
AC Ahmed Tarbi 30 Algeria ALG [242.5] DQ
AC Hadi Wihardja 22 Indonesia INA NVL