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Weightlifting at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's Light-Heavyweight

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Olympic Weightlifting Gymnasium, Olympic Park, Seoul
Date Started: September 24, 1988
Date Finished: September 24, 1988
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: URS Israil Arsamakov
Silver: HUN István Messzi
Bronze: KOR Lee Hyeong-Geun

Summary

Israil Arsamakov was an Ingush from Chechnya, a native Caucasus ethnic group. He was not a dominant lifter, but had won a silver medal in this class at the 1986 World Championships and was the 1986 European Champion. However, there was no favorite at all in this class and Arsamakov’s clean & jerk of 210.0 kg brought him the gold medal with a total of 377.5 kg. The silver medal went to Hungarian István Messzi while the bronze was won by Korean Lee Hyeong-Geun. This was the only Olympic appearance for all three medalists, and the final competition of Arsamakov’s career.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Israil Arsamakov 26 Soviet Union URS Gold 377.5
2 István Messzi 27 Hungary HUN Silver 370.0
3 Lee Hyeong-Geun 23 South Korea KOR Bronze 367.5
4 Dave Morgan 23 Great Britain GBR 365.0
5 Krzysztof Siemion 22 Poland POL 357.5
6 Ryoji Isaoka 26 Japan JPN 350.0
7 Fausto Tosi 25 Italy ITA 340.0
8 Ali Eroğlu 23 Turkey TUR 330.0
9 Muyiwa Odusanya 20 Nigeria NGR 320.0
10 Frank Pérez 24 Dominican Republic DOM 317.5
11 Derrick Crass 28 United States USA 315.0
12 Cheng Chia-Tso 25 Chinese Taipei TPE 310.0
13 William Letriz 30 Puerto Rico PUR 307.5
14 Curt White 25 United States USA 305.0
15 Jhon Sichel 21 Ecuador ECU 282.5
16 Rafael Elizondo 33 Costa Rica CRC 265.0
17 José Moirt 22 Mauritius MRI 240.0
18 Lopesi Faagu 28 American Samoa ASA 220.0
19 Percy Doherty 22 Sierra Leone SLE 165.0
AC Kharalambos Sfakianakis 25 Greece GRE [145.0]
AC László Barsi 26 Hungary HUN [162.5]
AC Absalom Shabangu 36 Swaziland SWZ DNF