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Weightlifting at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight I

Weightlifting at the 1996 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 28, 1996
Date Finished: July 28, 1996
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: GRE Akakios Kakiasvili
Silver: KAZ Anatoly Khrapaty
Bronze: UKR Denys Hotfrid

Summary

This class had been contested since the 1980 Olympics with a weight limit of ≤100 kg, but the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) changed the limit to 99 kg, in their “cleansing” of the world record lists that had been so affected by doping in 80s and 90s. When women were added to the Olympic weightlifting program in 2000, the men were cut back to eight classes, and this was the last time this class was held at the Olympics. The favorite was Akakios Kakiasvili, a Georgian-born Greek who had won the middle-heavyweight class in 1992 when representing the Unified Team. Kazakh lifter Anatoly Khrapaty had been the middle-heavy gold medalist in 1988 for the Soviet Union, but had not medalled internationally since 1990. He was back in Atlanta, also moving up to the heavyweight I division. Ukraine’s Tymur Taimazov had been the silver medalist in 1992 but he also moved up in weight in Atlanta, competing as a heavyweight II.

Khrapaty took the lead in the snatch with 187.5 kg, tied with Ukrainian Denys Hotfrid, as Kakiasvili trailed with 185.0 kg. However, Kakiasvili dropped everyone with a world record 235.0 kg in the clean & jerk and won the gold medal with a 10 kg margin over Khrapaty as Hotfrid won the bronze medal. Kakiasvilli would win his third consecutive gold medal in 2000, but again as a middle-heavyweight.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Akakios Kakiasvili 27 Greece GRE Gold 420.0 WR
2 Anatoly Khrapaty 32 Kazakhstan KAZ Silver 410.0
3 Denys Hotfrid 21 Ukraine UKR Bronze 402.5
4 Stanislav Rybalchenko 25 Ukraine UKR 395.0
5 Vyacheslav Rubin 30 Russia RUS 390.0
6 Dmitry Smirnov 23 Russia RUS 390.0
7 Igor Sadykov 28 Germany GER 385.0
8 Aghvan Grigoryan 27 Armenia ARM 380.0
9 Oleg Chiritsa 32 Belarus BLR 380.0
10 Choi Dong-Gil 26 South Korea KOR 372.5
11 Tharwat Bendary 25 Egypt EGY 372.5
12 Lorenzo Carrió 22 Spain ESP 367.5
13 Aleksandr Urinov 23 Uzbekistan UZB 365.0
14 Peter Kelley 22 United States USA 357.5
15 Yoshimitsu Nishimoto 28 Japan JPN 355.0
16 Jaroslav Jokeľ 26 Slovakia SVK 352.5
17 Mihai Vihodet 21 Moldova MDA 347.5
18 Deivan Valencia 22 Colombia COL 347.5
19 Roman Polom 29 Czech Republic CZE 347.5
20 Ivars Zdanovskis 31 Latvia LAT 337.5
21 Emilson Dantas 32 Brazil BRA 335.0
22 Cristián Escalante 19 Chile CHI 315.0
23 Raed Ahmed 29 Iraq IRQ 302.5
24 Sam Nunuke Pera 27 Cook Islands COK 285.0
25 Collins Okothnyawallo 23 Kenya KEN 275.0
26 Redha Shaaban 32 Kuwait KUW 255.0
AC Sergey Kopytov 30 Kazakhstan KAZ [170.0] DNF
AC Vacislav Ivanovsky 20 Israel ISR DNF