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Weightlifting at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight I

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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.

Gold: FRG Rolf Milser
Silver: ROU Vasile Groapă
Bronze: FIN Pekka Niemi

Summary

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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Rolf Milser 33 West Germany FRG Gold 385.0
2 Vasile Groapă 29 Romania ROU Silver 382.5
3 Pekka Niemi 31 Finland FIN Bronze 367.5
4 Kevin Roy 21 Canada CAN 357.5
5 Ken Clark 28 United States USA 352.5
6 Franz Langthaler 19 Austria AUT 350.0
7 Rich Shanko 24 United States USA 350.0
8 Jean-Marie Kretz 25 France FRA 342.5
9 Kevin Blake 23 New Zealand NZL 317.5
10 Pius Ochieng 24 Kenya KEN 300.0
11 Sione Sialaoa 27 Samoa SAM 280.0
AC Olavi Blomfjord 22 Sweden SWE [145.0]
AC Peter Pinsent 23 Great Britain GBR [157.5]
AC Tom Söderholm 30 Sweden SWE [160.0]
AC Oliver Orok 21 Nigeria NGR [172.5]
AC Luis Salinas 25 Nicaragua NCA DNF