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Weightlifting at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Men's Light-Heavyweight

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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: GRE Pyrros Dimas
Silver: POL Krzysztof Siemion

Summary

The favorite was considered to be Altymurat Orazdurdiyev of the Unified Team, but he was a Turkmenistani athlete, and head coach Vasily Alekseyev, a Russian, favored the Russian lifters, so he replaced Orazdurdiyev with Ibragim Samadov, a Chechnyan Russian, who had won the 1991 World Championships. Samadov had also recently won the 1992 Europeans, in a close contest with Pyrros Dimas of Greece and Poland’s Krzysztof Siemion. Dimas was a native Albanian who competed for that nation at the 1990 European Championships but had emigrated to Greece in 1991 with his brother, and was granted Greek citizenship almost immediately.

The event turned out to be one of the closest in Olympic history. Samadov, Dimas, and Siemion all tied with 370.0 kg, with Siemion moving up with the best clean & jerk of 205.0 kg. Dimas and Siemion both weighed 81.80 kg, while Samadov weighed 81.85 kg, which dropped him back to the bronze medal. In a new weightlifting rule, first used at the 1992 Olympics, the tie between Dimas and Siemion was broken by whichever lifter posted the final total first. This was Dimas, who lifted 202.5 kg in the clean & jerk, before Siemion hoisted his 205.0 kg. Dimas would become one of the greatest lifters ever in the next few years, winning this class again at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics, and winning a bronze medal in 2004.

So the podium seemed set, with Dimas first, Siemion second, and Samadov third, but Samadov was not happy. He was known to be high-strung and a perfectionist and at the medal ceremony, he refused to lean forward to receive the bronze medal. He then took it in his hand and dropped it onto the podium and walked away. The IOC was incensed and disqualified Samadov, leaving the bronze medal position open. He apologized the next day, but the ruling stood, and the International Weightlifting Federation banned him for life.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Pyrros Dimas 20 Greece GRE Gold 370.0
2 Krzysztof Siemion 26 Poland POL Silver 370.0
4 Chon Chol-Ho 23 North Korea PRK 365.0
5 Plamen Bratoychev 25 Bulgaria BUL 365.0
6 Lino Elias 26 Cuba CUB 365.0
7 Marc Huster 22 Germany GER 362.5
8 José Heredia 23 Cuba CUB 362.5
9 Li Yunnan 21 China CHN 355.0
10 Andrzej Cofalik 23 Poland POL 350.0
11 Cai Yanshu 28 China CHN 350.0
12 Saleh Khadim 29 Iraq IRQ 350.0
13 Sunay Bulut 24 Turkey TUR 347.5
14 László Barsi 30 Hungary HUN 345.0
15 Dave Morgan 27 Great Britain GBR 345.0
16 Julio César Luna 19 Venezuela VEN 342.5
17 Tony Urrutia 34 United States USA 340.0
18 István Mészáros 24 Hungary HUN 335.0
19 René Durbák 24 Czechoslovakia TCH 330.0
20 Andrew Callard 24 Great Britain GBR 325.0
21 Stéphane Sageder 21 France FRA 322.5
22 Juan Carlos 27 Spain ESP 320.0
23 Ali Reza Azari 24 Iran IRI 315.0
24 Alphonse Hercule Matam 19 Cameroon CMR 307.5
25 Prasert Sumpradit 29 Thailand THA 297.5
26 Sergio Lafuente 26 Uruguay URU 280.0
27 Pieter Smith 28 South Africa RSA 270.0
AC Arnold Franqui 29 Puerto Rico PUR [135.0]
AC Ryoji Isaoka 30 Japan JPN [155.0]
AC Ibragim Samadov 24 Unified Team EUN [370.0] DQ
AC Yeom Dong-Cheol 23 South Korea KOR DNF