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Weightlifting at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight

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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.

Gold: BUL Borislav Gidikov
Silver: GDR Ingo Steinhöfel
Bronze: BUL Aleksandar Varbanov

Summary

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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Borislav Gidikov 22 Bulgaria BUL Gold 375.0 OR
2 Ingo Steinhöfel 21 East Germany GDR Silver 360.0
3 Aleksandar Varbanov 24 Bulgaria BUL Bronze 357.5
4 Cai Yanshu 24 China CHN 347.5
5 Andrei Socaci 22 Romania ROU 347.5
6 Waldemar Kosiński 23 Poland POL 332.5
7 Dean Willey 26 Great Britain GBR 332.5
8 Tony Urrutia 30 United States USA 327.5
9 Angelo Mannironi 27 Italy ITA 325.0
10 I Nyoman Sudarma 19 Indonesia INA 320.0
11 Ricki Chaplin 24 Great Britain GBR 320.0
12 Jaarli Pirkkiö 21 Finland FIN 317.5
13 Khalil El-Sayed 23 Egypt EGY 315.0
14 Mats Lindqvist 25 Sweden SWE 315.0
15 Şahin Menge 23 Turkey TUR 312.5
16 Kim Byeong-Chan 17 South Korea KOR 310.0
17 Ron Laycock 22 Australia AUS 310.0
18 Pietro Pujia 23 Italy ITA 310.0
19 Paul Harrison 21 Australia AUS 307.5
20 Roger Token Papua New Guinea PNG 255.0
21 Paul Hoffman 32 Swaziland SWZ 197.5
22 Benjamin Fafale 20 Solomon Islands SOL 190.0
AC David Maina 29 Kenya KEN [105.0]
AC Ma Wenzhu 25 China CHN [150.0]
AC Kálmán Csengeri 28 Hungary HUN [350.0] DQ