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Weightlifting at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's Lightweight

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Olympic Weightlifting Gymnasium, Olympic Park, Seoul
Date Started: September 21, 1988
Date Finished: September 21, 1988
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: GDR Joachim Kunz
Silver: URS Israel Militosyan
Bronze: CHN Li Jinhe

Summary

Bulgaria’s Angel Genchev seemed to dominate this class, with the best lifts in both the snatch and clean & jerk and his total of 362.5 kg bettered the world record held by his countryman, Mikhail Petrov. However, Genchev’s post-competition doping test revealed traces of Lasix (furosemide), a diuretic used to mask the use of performance enhancing drugs. He was disqualified. Genchev’s teammate, Mitko Grablev, had also tested positive for the same drug in the bantamweight class, after he seemed to have won that class. After Grablev and Genchev’s positive tests, the Bulgarian weightlifting team withdrew all their other lifters from the remainder of the competition in Seoul.

After the disqualification, East German Joachim Kunz moved up to the gold medal. He had won silver in this class at the 1980 Olympics and was the 1981 and 1983 World Champion. The silver medal went to Soviet Israel Militosyan, who won the gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

Genchev continued to compete but in 1992 was convicted of rape and imprisoned for two years. He was able to obtain an early release, however, so he could represent Bulgaria at the 1994 World Championships, where he won a bronze medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Joachim Kunz 29 East Germany GDR Gold 340.0
2 Israel Militosyan 20 Soviet Union URS Silver 337.5
3 Li Jinhe 24 China CHN Bronze 325.0
4 Marek Seweryn 30 Poland POL 317.5
5 Ergün Batmaz 21 Turkey TUR 317.5
6 Xiao Minglin 23 China CHN 305.0
7 István Kerek 23 Hungary HUN 302.5
8 Khristos Konstantinidis 23 Greece GRE 300.0
9 Choji Taira 27 Japan JPN 297.5
10 Langis Côté 23 Canada CAN 297.5
11 Reijo Kiiskilä 23 Finland FIN 297.5
12 Lawrence Iquaibom 23 Nigeria NGR 285.0
13 Michael Jacques 27 United States USA 282.5
14 Paulo Duarte 21 Portugal POR 275.0
15 Tómas Rodríguez 26 Panama PAN 262.5
16 Kim Gi-Ung 26 South Korea KOR 260.0
17 Edvaldo Santos 22 Brazil BRA 260.0
18 Taveuni Ofisa 24 Samoa SAM 250.0
19 Pinye Malaibi Papua New Guinea PNG 230.0
20 Mohamed Al-Aywan 17 Lebanon LIB 217.5
21 Joseph Kaddu Kutfesa 18 Uganda UGA 215.0
22 Pete Fejeran 17 Guam GUM 192.5
AC Chang Shun-Chien 26 Chinese Taipei TPE [132.5]
AC Fernando Mariaca 29 Spain ESP [287.5] DQ
AC Angel Genchev 21 Bulgaria BUL [362.5] DQ
AC Jouni Grönman 26 Finland FIN DNF
AC Park Tae-Min 20 South Korea KOR DNF
AC Paolo Casadei 22 San Marino SMR DNF
AC Yasushige Sasaki 27 Japan JPN DNF