Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Sydney Convention Centre, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 16, 2000
Date Finished: September 16, 2000
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.
Turkey’s Halil Mutlu had won the 1996 Olympic flyweight gold medal and came to Sydney as a heavy favorite, having won the last three World Championships. He broke the world record in both snatch and clean & jerk and, consequently, in the total to win his second gold medal with a world record of 305.0 kg. Mutlu, formerly Huben Hubenov in his birth nation of Bulgaria, would return in 2004 and win his third consecutive gold medal, again as a bantamweight. Behind him, China’s Wu Wenxiong and Zhang Xiangxiang won the silver and bronze medals, respectively. Initially, Bulgaria’s Ivan Ivankov appeared to place second but he was disqualified after testing positive for Lasix (furosemide), a powerful diuretic often used as a masking agent to enable athletes to evade doping positives.
|4||Wang Shin-Yuan||24||Chinese Taipei||TPE||285.0|
|6||Adrian Ioan Jigău||30||Romania||ROU||275.0|
|8||Yang Chin-Yi||19||Chinese Taipei||TPE||270.0|
|10||Hwang Gyu-Dong||24||South Korea||KOR||267.5|
|16||Thandava Murthy Muthu||25||India||IND||245.0|
|19||Gino Soupprayen Padiatty||27||Mauritius||MRI||210.0|
|20||Martinho de Araujo||27||Individual Olympic Athletes||IOA||157.5|
|AC||Manuel Minginfel||21||Federated States of Micronesia||FSM||DNF|