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Weightlifting at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's Featherweight

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 22, 1996
Date Finished: July 22, 1996
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: TUR Naim Süleymanoğlu
Silver: GRE Valerios Leonidis
Bronze: CHN Xiao Jiangang

Summary

Naim Süleymanoğlu was still the favorite, having won the 1988 and 1992 gold medals, and the 1993-95 World Championships, but Greece’s [Valerios Leonidas] was getting close. At the 1995 Worlds, Leonidas tied Süleymanoğlu on weight lifted, only losing on bodyweight. In Atlanta, Süleymanoğlu took the lead with a snatch of 147.5 kg, Leonidas trailing with 145.0 kg, a lift matched by China’s Xiao Jiangang and Leonidas’ teammate Georgios Tzelilis. In the clean & jerk, Süleymanoğlu and Leonidas moved ahead. Both opened with 180.0 kg, while Süleymanoğlu then lifted a world record 185.0 kg. Leonidas called for 187.5 kg and succeeded, taking the lead, but Süleymanoğlu countered by lifting the same weight to move ahead on total. Leonidas had no choice but to ask for 190.0 kg, 10 kg more than his personal best. He was able to clean it, but could not get it overhead and the gold medal went to Süleymanoğlu, his third consecutive. Xiao and Tzelilis both lifted 322.5 kg, tieing for third, but Xiao won on the bodyweight tiebreaker.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Naim Süleymanoğlu 29 Turkey TUR Gold 335.0 WR
2 Valerios Leonidis 30 Greece GRE Silver 332.5
3 Xiao Jiangang 23 China CHN Bronze 322.5
4 Georgios Tzelilis 23 Greece GRE 322.5
5 Adrián Popa 24 Hungary HUN 307.5
6 Ilian Iliev 23 Bulgaria BUL 305.0
7 Mücahit Yağcı 23 Turkey TUR 302.5
8 Zoltán Kecskés 22 Hungary HUN 302.5
9 Petar Petrov 21 Bulgaria BUL 300.0
10 Yoshihisa Miyaji 23 Japan JPN 297.5
11 Umar Edelkhanov 32 Russia RUS 295.0
12 Eduard Darbinyan 25 Armenia ARM 292.5
13 Hwang Hui-Yeol 26 South Korea KOR 292.5
14 Liao Hsing-Chou 26 Chinese Taipei TPE 290.0
15 Masato Tachibana 24 Japan JPN 287.5
16 Aleksandr Okhramenko 25 Kazakhstan KAZ 287.5
17 Vladimir Popov 19 Moldova MDA 287.5
18 Marius Cihărean 20 Romania ROU 285.0
19 Lucian Maxinianu 23 Romania ROU 285.0
20 Gustavo Majauskas 30 Argentina ARG 285.0
21 Wojciech Natusiewicz 21 Poland POL 282.5
22 Vernon Patao 26 United States USA 282.5
23 Oleg Yem 22 Kazakhstan KAZ 280.0
24 Azzedine Basbas 29 Algeria ALG 280.0
25 Samson N'Dicka-Matam 20 Cameroon CMR 280.0
26 Roger Berrio 23 Colombia COL 277.5
27 Alexi Batista 20 Panama PAN 272.5
28 Jean Lavertue 21 Canada CAN 270.0
29 Fouad Bouzenada 19 Algeria ALG 267.5
30 Alfonso Grullart 29 Dominican Republic DOM 260.0
31 Francisco Cáceres 21 El Salvador ESA 260.0
32 Thanh Nguyen 32 United States USA 257.5
33 Sandeep Kumar 21 India IND 252.5
34 Miodrag Kovačić 30 Serbia and Montenegro SCG 247.5
AC Tony Analau 27 Solomon Islands SOL DNF
AC Wang Guohua 21 China CHN DNF