Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Olympic Weightlifting Gymnasium, Olympic Park, Seoul
Date Started: September 22, 1988
Date Finished: September 22, 1988
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.
This was expected to be a competition between two Bulgarians – [Borislav Gidikov], the 1987 World Champion, and [Aleksander Varbanov], the 1985-86 World Champion and the world record holder. However, Gidikov won easily, with the best lifts in both the snatch and clean & jerk, while Varbanov won the bronze medal, trailing East German [Ingo Steinhöfel]. Steinhöfel would compete at four more Olympics, 1992-2004, representing re-unified Germany, but never managed another medal. The eighth-place finisher in Seoul was American [Tony Urrutia], who had competed at the 1976 Olympics representing his native country, Cuba, before defecting to the United States. He was World Champion in this class in 1977-79 but defected at a tournament in Mexico City in early 1980 and did not compete at Moskva.
|2||Ingo Steinhöfel||21||East Germany||GDR||Silver||360.0|
|7||Dean Willey||26||Great Britain||GBR||332.5|
|8||Tony Urrutia||30||United States||USA||327.5|
|10||I Nyoman Sudarma||19||Indonesia||INA||320.0|
|11||Ricki Chaplin||24||Great Britain||GBR||320.0|
|16||Kim Byeong-Chan||17||South Korea||KOR||310.0|
|20||Roger Token||Papua New Guinea||PNG||255.0|
|22||Benjamin Fafale||20||Solomon Islands||SOL||190.0|