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Weightlifting at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's Middle-Heavyweight

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 27, 1996
Date Finished: July 27, 1996
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: RUS Aleksey Petrov
Silver: GRE Leonidas Kokas
Bronze: GER Oliver Caruso

Summary

[Aleksey Petrov] had won the 1994 World Championships, held the world record in this class, and seemed to win the 1995 Worlds. However, he tested positive after that competition for anabolic steroids, and received a lifetime ban in March 1996. Petrov appealed the penalty, and a girlfriend appeared who admitted to spiking his food with steroids prior to the competition. His ban was lifted and Petrov was allowed to compete in Atlanta. He opened with a world record 187.5 kg in the snatch and tied for the best lift in the clean & jerk to win the gold medal. The defending champion in this class was [K'akhi K'akhiashvili], a Georgian who competed for the Unified Team in 1996. He changed allegiance to Greece and competed in 1996 as Akakios Kakiasvili, and won another gold medal in heavyweight I class. In 2000 Kakiasvili moved back to middle-heavyweight, winning his third gold medal, and second in this division.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Aleksey Petrov 21 Russia RUS Gold 402.5 OR
2 Leonidas Kokas 23 Greece GRE Silver 390.0
3 Oliver Caruso 22 Germany GER Bronze 390.0
4 Sunay Bulut 28 Turkey TUR 390.0
5 Igor Alekseyev 23 Russia RUS 387.5
6 Carlos Hernández 24 Cuba CUB 382.5
7 Oleh Chumak 26 Ukraine UKR 380.0
8 Plamen Bratoychev 29 Bulgaria BUL 380.0
9 Julio César Luna 23 Venezuela VEN 375.0
10 Martin Tešovič 21 Slovakia SVK 372.5
11 Marek Maślany 30 Poland POL 370.0
12 Enrique Sabari 31 Cuba CUB 370.0
13 Alex Karapetyan 25 Armenia ARM 367.5
14 Tom Gough 24 United States USA 367.5
15 Vladimir Khlud 32 Belarus BLR 360.0
16 Harvey Goodman 29 Australia AUS 357.5
17 Viktor Belyatsky 25 Belarus BLR 357.5
18 Andrey Makarov 24 Kazakhstan KAZ 355.0
19 Cédric Plançon 27 France FRA 345.0
20 Im Dong-Gi 25 South Korea KOR 345.0
21 Raffaele Mancino 30 Italy ITA 340.0
22 Eric Brown 27 American Samoa ASA 330.0
23 Ramūnas Vyšniauskas 19 Lithuania LTU 315.0
24 Gerard Garabwan 25 Nauru NRU 265.0
AC Viliami Tapaatoutai 23 Tonga TGA [105.0]