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Weightlifting at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight II

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Industrial Spain Pavillion, Barcelona
Date Started: August 3, 1992
Date Finished: August 3, 1992
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: GER Ronny Weller
Silver: EUN Artur Akoyev
Bronze: BUL Stefan Botev Khristov

Summary

Shortly after the 1989 World Championships, Ronny Weller was involved in a car crash which left him in a coma for several months. His girlfriend had been in the car with him and was killed. He was able to resume competing in March 1991 and finished second at the 1991 World Championships to Soviet Artur Akoyev. Akoyev was considered a co-favorite with Bulgarian [Stefan Botev], the 1989-90 World Champion. Botev no longer wanted to represent Bulgaria as he had emigrated to Australia. However the Bulgarian weightlifting officials would not release Botev to compete for Australia and demanded that he compete at the 1992 Olympics for his native country. The same held true for Nicu Vlad, a Romanian who had won the 1984 Olympic middle-heavyweight gold medal and had also recently emigrated to Australia. He also could not get a release and competed in Barcelona for Romania. Vlad also wanted to compete as a heavyweight I but his qualifying mark had come in the heavyweight II class and he was forced to compete in this class, giving up 5 kg of bodyweight to his competitors.

Akoyev led the competition with 195.0 kg after the snatch, followed by Weller with 192.5 kg and Botev and Vlad with 190.0 kg. Vlad was unable to match the others in the clean & jerk and would finish fourth. Weller listed 240.0 kg in the clean & jerk to win the gold medal, with Akoyev taking silver and Botev bronze.

Weller and Botev would move up to the super-heavyweight division, winning silver and bronze medals at Atlanta in 1996, Botev while competing for Australia. Vlad would win a silver medal for Australia in this class at the 1994 World Championships.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Ronny Weller 23 Germany GER Gold 432.5
2 Artur Akoyev 26 Unified Team EUN Silver 430.0
3 Stefan Botev Khristov 24 Bulgaria BUL Bronze 417.5
4 Nicu Vlad 28 Romania ROU 405.0
5 Dariusz Osuch 23 Poland POL 397.5
6 Frank Seipelt 31 Germany GER 390.0
7 Flavio Villavicencio 27 Cuba CUB 387.5
8 Pavlos Saltsidis 29 Greece GRE 385.0
9 Dede Dekaj 22 Albania ALB 380.0
10 Norberto Oberburger 31 Italy ITA 375.0
11 Maurys Charón 27 Cuba CUB 375.0
12 László Németh 22 Hungary HUN 372.5
13 Arto Savonen 31 Finland FIN 357.5
14 Mohammed Jowad 31 Iraq IRQ 357.5
15 Tibor Stark 20 Hungary HUN 355.0
16 Miloš Čiernik 29 Czechoslovakia TCH 352.5
17 Raymond Kopka 20 Great Britain GBR 350.0
18 Rich Schutz 46 United States USA 347.5
19 Mozafar Ajali 29 Iran IRI 345.0
20 Mehmed Skender 33 Bosnia and Herzegovina BIH 320.0
AC Anders Lindsjö 22 Sweden SWE [160.0]
AC Jeon Sang-Seok 22 South Korea KOR [175.0]
AC Piotr Banaszak 28 Poland POL [185.0]
AC Ibrahim El-Bakh 31 Egypt EGY DNF