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Weightlifting at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight

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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 2, 1984
Date Finished: August 2, 1984
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: FRG Karl-Heinz Radschinsky
Silver: CAN Jacques Demers
Bronze: ROU Dragomir Cioroslan
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Summary

At the last four World Championships, 11 of the 12 medals were won by lifters from Bulgaria and the Soviet Union, with three Bulgarians winning the last four titles. The 12th medal went to a Cuban in 1981, and none of those three countries were present in Los Angeles in 1984. The biggest absence was Bulgarian [Aleksandr Varbanov], who was the 1983 World Champion and the world record holder. In his absence West German Karl-Heinz Radschinsky won the gold medal over Canadian Jacques Demers. Demers was previously arrested for smuggling steroid tablets into Canada, and in 1988 he tested positive for steroids, despite having used someone else’s urine for the drug test. Radschinsky was arrested in West Germany in 1985 for possessing steroids with intent to sell. At the alternative Friendship Games, Bulgarian Zdravko Stoichkov won with a world record of 377.5 kg. Radschinsky’s gold medal winning mark in Los Angeles would have only tied for a bronze medal at the Friendship Games.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Karl-Heinz Radschinsky 31 West Germany FRG Gold 340.0
2 Jacques Demers 24 Canada CAN Silver 335.0
3 Dragomir Cioroslan 30 Romania ROU Bronze 332.5
4 Dave Morgan 19 Great Britain GBR 330.0
5 Li Shunzhu 26 China CHN 322.5
6 Mohammed Yaseen Mohammed 21 Iraq IRQ 320.0
7 Tony Pignone 24 Australia AUS 317.5
8 Park Chun-Jong 22 South Korea KOR 312.5
9 Michel Pietracupa 25 Canada CAN 310.0
10 Daniel Cassiau-Haurie 23 France FRA 307.5
11 Stephen Pinsent 29 Great Britain GBR 307.5
12 Pavlos Lespouridis 25 Greece GRE 305.0
13 Iordanis Ilioudis 23 Greece GRE 305.0
14 Gilberto Mercado 22 Colombia COL 302.5
15 Ahmed Fouad Aly 23 Egypt EGY 290.0
16 Park Yeong-Jae 23 South Korea KOR 290.0
17 William Letriz 26 Puerto Rico PUR 282.5
18 Fred Bunjo 19 Uganda UGA 245.0
19 Paul Hoffman 28 Swaziland SWZ 175.0
AC Roman Kainz 27 Austria AUT [137.5]
AC Hasan Has 24 Turkey TUR [147.5]