Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Albert Gersten Pavilion, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California, USA
Date Started: August 6, 1984
Date Finished: August 6, 1984
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.
Rolf Milser would have been a medal contender at Moskva in 1980, but West Germany supported the USA-led boycott and he could not compete. Milser had been World Champion in 1978 and runner-up in 1977 and 1979. The 1983 World Champion was Pavel Kuznetsov who would win the 1984 Friendship Games with a total of 427.5 kg. Milser won the 1984 Olympic gold, lifting quite a bit less, with 385.0 kg. At the 1988 Olympics, Kuznetsov won the gold medal, lifting 425.0 kg.
The Olympic bronze went to Finland’s [Pekka Niemi], who was so unheralded that he was lifting in the B group. Niemi lifted in the afternoon and did not stay for the evening session but went to watch track & field at the Los Angeles Coliseum. When the competition ended, the officials scrambled to find Niemi but could not, so they held the medal ceremony without him. The next day, Niemi received his bronze medal in a special ceremony.
|1||Rolf Milser||33||West Germany||FRG||Gold||385.0|
|5||Ken Clark||28||United States||USA||352.5|
|7||Rich Shanko||24||United States||USA||350.0|
|9||Kevin Blake||23||New Zealand||NZL||317.5|
|AC||Peter Pinsent||23||Great Britain||GBR||[157.5]|