Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 29, 1996
Date Finished: July 29, 1996
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.
Ukraine’s Tymur Taimazov had been the silver medalist in 1992 in heavyweight I but moved up in weight and won the World Championships in this class in 1993-94. Injured in 1995, that title was won by his teammate Ihor Razoronov. The expected competition between the two in Atlanta never occurred, however, as Razoronov injured his back in warm-ups and had to withdraw from the event. The leader after the snatch was Romanian Nicu Vlad, the 1984 Olympic middle-heavyweight champion, who lifted 197.5 kg. Taimazov lifted 195.0 kg, tied with Sergey Syrtsov, the 1992 middle-heavyweight silver medalist. Taimazov then lifted 227.5 kg in the clean & jerk on his first attempt, which won him the gold medal. He later lifted a world 235.0 kg to win by 10 kg with Syrtsov winning silver and Vlad the bronze.
|6||Wes Barnett||26||United States||USA||395.0|
|12||Konstantine Starikovitch||30||United States||USA||387.5|
|13||Jeon Sang-Seok||26||South Korea||KOR||380.0|