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Weightlifting at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Super-Heavyweight

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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 8, 1984
Date Finished: August 8, 1984
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: AUS Dean Lukin
Silver: USA Mario Martinez
Bronze: FRG Manfred Nerlinger

Summary

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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Dean Lukin 24 Australia AUS Gold 412.5
2 Mario Martinez 27 United States USA Silver 410.0
3 Manfred Nerlinger 23 West Germany FRG Bronze 397.5
4 Ioannis Tsintsaris 22 Greece GRE 347.5
5 Batholomew Oluoma 26 Nigeria NGR 337.5
6 Mosad Mosbah 26 Egypt EGY 330.0
AC Serafim Grammatikopoulos 24 Greece GRE [140.0] DQ
AC Ironbar Bassey 18 Nigeria NGR [155.0] DNF
AC Stefan Laggner 25 Austria AUT [385.0] DQ