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Weightlifting at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Men's Featherweight

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Industrial Spain Pavillion, Barcelona
Date Started: July 28, 1992
Date Finished: July 28, 1992
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: TUR Naim Süleymanoğlu
Silver: BUL Nikolay Peshalov
Bronze: CHN He Yingqiang

Summary

Although Naim Süleymanoğlu had considered retiring after the 1988 Olympics, he had reached legendary status in Turkey, and felt he could not retire. He won the 1989 World Championships and then did announce he would stop competing, citing a back injury. He watched Bulgarian lifter Nikolay Peshalov win the 1990 World Championships which inspired Süleymanoğlu to resume competition. He won the 1991 World Championships but at the 1992 Europeans, three months before Barcelona, Peshalov and Süleymanoğlu tied for first with Peshalov winning on lower bodyweight, Süleymanoğlu’s first defeat in almost nine years. However, it was not close in Barcelona as Süleymanoğlu won the gold medal by 15 kg over Peshalov, followed by China’s He Yingqiang, who had been the silver medalist at Seoul in 1988.

Süleymanoğlu would keep competing and win the event at the 1996 Olympics, the 1993-95 World Championships, and the 1994-95 European Championships. At Sydney in 2000 he tried to become the first lifter to win four consecutive gold medals, but missed all three attempts in the snatch and was out. That event was won by Peshalov, who had also won a bronze medal at Atlanta in 1996 as a bantamweight.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Naim Süleymanoğlu 25 Turkey TUR Gold 320.0
2 Nikolay Peshalov 22 Bulgaria BUL Silver 305.0
3 He Yingqiang 27 China CHN Bronze 295.0
4 Neno Terziyski 28 Bulgaria BUL 295.0
5 Valerios Leonidis 26 Greece GRE 295.0
6 Ro Hyon-Il 23 North Korea PRK 287.5
7 Attila Czanka 23 Hungary HUN 285.0
8 Li Jae-Son 23 North Korea PRK 280.0
9 Marcus Stephen 22 Samoa SAM 275.0
10 Paul Toroczcoi 23 Romania ROU 275.0
11 Yosuke Muraki-Iwata 32 Japan JPN 270.0
12 Kim Gwi-Sik 23 South Korea KOR 270.0
13 Marco Spanehl 24 Germany GER 267.5
14 Sugiono Katijo 20 Indonesia INA 267.5
15 Reuven Hadinatov 22 Israel ISR 267.5
16 Azzedine Basbas 25 Algeria ALG 265.0
17 David Balp 22 France FRA 262.5
18 Bryan Jacob 23 United States USA 262.5
19 Riadh Khedher 20 Iraq IRQ 262.5
20 Kazuo Sato 22 Japan JPN 260.0
21 José Horacio Villegas 23 Colombia COL 257.5
22 Sivaraj Naalamuthu Pillai 24 India IND 255.0
23 Cecilio Leal 20 Spain ESP 255.0
24 Gustavo Majauskas 26 Argentina ARG 250.0
25 Juan Manuel Cueto 29 Dominican Republic DOM 247.5
26 Marcelo Gandolfo 20 Argentina ARG 242.5
27 Matilde Ceballos 35 Panama PAN 240.0
28 Abdallah Juma 24 Kenya KEN 215.0
29 Osman Manzanares 26 Honduras HON 207.5
30 Harinela Randriamanarivo 26 Madagascar MAD 195.0
AC Roger Berrio 19 Colombia COL [115.0]