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Weightlifting at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Featherweight

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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 31, 1984
Date Finished: July 31, 1984
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: CHN Chen Weiqiang
Silver: ROU Gelu Radu
Bronze: TPE Tsai Wen-Yee

Summary

The featherweight division were the only weightlifting event in which a medallist from the 1983 World Championships was competing. That honor went to Gelu Radu of Romania, who had won bronze in Moscow, and was therefore one of the favorites. Defending world champion was Yuri Sarkisyan, the 1980 silver medallist in the bantamweight who would later represent Australia. Runner-up had been Stefan Topurov, who would break the world record in the event with 322.5 kg at the Friendship Games, the communist alternative to the LA Olympics. Even more impressively, Topurov lifted three times his own bodyweight in the clean & jerk, for a total of 185 kg.

The competition opened with a close first event, as Chen Weiqiang, Radu and Tsai Wen-Yee all snatched 125 kg. Tsai was the first to fail in the clean & jerk, lifting only 147.5 kg, although that would eventually suffice for bronze. Radu managed a 155, but this was topped with 157.5 by Chen. This result meant that Chen (of the People's Republic of China) and Tsai (of the Republic of China, but representing Chinese Taipei at the Olympics) would be standing on the podium together. This did not prove a problem, and the athletes waved to the crowd hand-in-hand.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Chen Weiqiang 26 China CHN Gold 282.5
2 Gelu Radu 26 Romania ROU Silver 280.0
3 Tsai Wen-Yee 27 Chinese Taipei TPE Bronze 272.5
4 Kaoru Wabiko 26 Japan JPN 270.0
5 Yosuke Muraki-Iwata 24 Japan JPN 267.5
6 Lee Myeong-Su 27 South Korea KOR 267.5
7 Sorie Enda Nasution 25 Indonesia INA 267.5
8 Uolevi Kahelin 34 Finland FIN 267.5
9 Mircea Tuli 26 Romania ROU 265.0
10 Mohamed Youssef 27 Egypt EGY 252.5
11 Tómas Rodríguez 22 Panama PAN 250.0
12 Geoffrey Laws 27 Great Britain GBR 250.0
13 Oscar Palma 28 Colombia COL 245.0
14 Lawrence Iquaibom 19 Nigeria NGR 237.5
15 Kamalakanta Santra 24 India IND 225.0
16 Héctor Hurtado 28 Ecuador ECU 220.0
17 Alfredo Palma 29 Nicaragua NCA 210.0
AC Joaquín Valle 30 Spain ESP [110.0]
AC Wang Guofeng 21 China CHN [117.5]
AC Noureddine Bekkouche Algeria ALG [137.5]
AC Ji Ju-Hyeon 20 South Korea KOR DNF