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|