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Weightlifting at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Men's Light-Heavyweight

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Sydney Convention Centre, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 23, 2000
Date Finished: September 23, 2000
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: GRE Pyrros Dimas
Silver: GER Marc Huster
Bronze: GEO Giorgi Asanidze

Summary

Greek Pyrros Dimas and German Marc Huster were expected to resume their battle for the gold medal in this class. They had placed 1-2 in 1996 and at the 1998 World Championships, and were 2-3 at the 1999 Worlds, when they were upset by Iranian Shahin Nassiri Nia. Dimas had won this gold medal in both 1992 and 1996.

Nassiri Nia went out early in Sydney when he dislocated his shoulder on his first snatch attempt. Dimas missed his first two snatch attempts, but then succeeded on 175.0 kg, below his goal of 185, which left him trailing Huster, who had lifted 177.5 kg. The leader after the snatch was Georgian Giorgi Asanidze with 180.0 kg. When Dimas lifted 215.0 kg in the clean & jerk, this gave him 390.0 kg, a total matched by Huster and Asanidze. The medals were decided on bodyweight, with Dimas weighting 84.06 kg, Huster 84.22 kg, and Asanidze 84.70 kg.

Dimas’ third Olympic weightlifting gold medal equalled the mark set by Turkey’s Naim Süleymanoğlu in 1988-96, although it would later be equalled in Sydney by Dimas’ teammate Akakios Kakiasvili, and in 2004 by Turkey’s Halil Mutlu. Only Dimas and Süleymanoğlu won their three gold medals in the same class. Dimas returned in 2004 and won a bronze medal in the light-heavyweight class, his fourth Olympic weightlifting medal equalling the mark set by American Norb Schemansky (1948-64) and German Ronny Weller in Sydney (1988-2000), but Dimas is the only Olympic weightlifter to win four medals in the same class.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Pyrros Dimas 28 Greece GRE Gold 390.0 OR
2 Marc Huster 30 Germany GER Silver 390.0 OR
3 Giorgi Asanidze 25 Georgia GEO Bronze 390.0 OR
4 Krzysztof Siemion 34 Poland POL 380.0
5 Gagik Khachatryan 28 Armenia ARM 380.0
6 Sergo Chakhoyan 30 Australia AUS 377.5
7 Khristos Spyrou 23 Greece GRE 375.0
8 Ernesto Quiroga 25 Cuba CUB 375.0
9 Mariusz Rytkowski 24 Poland POL 370.0
10 Valeriu Calancea 19 Romania ROU 365.0
11 Joël MacKenzie 20 Cuba CUB 365.0
12 Nizami Paşayev 19 Azerbaijan AZE 357.5
13 Yury Myshkovets 29 Russia RUS 355.0
14 Bakhtiyer Nurullayev 25 Uzbekistan UZB 352.5
15 Mohamed Moussa El-Dib 23 Egypt EGY 352.5
16 Mital Sharipov 28 Kyrgyzstan KGZ 345.0
17 Sergio Mannironi 33 Italy ITA 330.0
18 Ofisa Ofisa 26 Samoa SAM 310.0
19 Khodor Al-Aywan 27 Lebanon LIB 290.0
AC Shahin Nassiri Nia 24 Iran IRI DNF