Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Albert Gersten Pavilion, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California, USA
Date Started: August 8, 1984
Date Finished: August 8, 1984
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.
Soviet Anatoly Pisarenko was the new strongest man in the world. He had won the 1981-83 World Championships, including winning each lift at each tournament, but he never got to compete at the Olympics and without him, the 1984 Olympic super-heavyweight class was a junior varsity equivalent. The Olympic gold was won by Australian Dean Lukin, a millionaire tuna fisherman who had won the 1982 Commonwealth Games, and who lifted 412.5 kg in Los Angeles. At the 1984 Friendship Games, Pisarenko equalled the world record by totalling 465.0 kg, but only won narrowly over his teammate, Aleksandr Kurlovich, who lifted 462.5 kg. Kurlovich would compete at the Olympics, winning the super-heavyweight gold medal in 1988 and 1992. Through 2012 Lukin remains the only Australian to have won a weightlifting gold medal.
|2||Mario Martinez||27||United States||USA||Silver||410.0|
|3||Manfred Nerlinger||23||West Germany||FRG||Bronze||397.5|