Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Nikaia Olympic Weightlifting Hall, Nikaia
Date Started: August 19, 2004
Date Finished: August 19, 2004
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.
China’s [Zhan Xugang] had won this event in 2000 and in 1996 was Olympic gold medalist as a lightweight. He competed at Athinai but missed all his snatch attempts and was eliminated. The competition evolved into a battle between Turk [Taner Sağır] and Kazakh [Sergey Filimonov]. They both lifted 172.5 kg in the snatch with Sağır moving ahead with his clean & jerk of 202.5 kg. Filimonov lifted 200.0 kg but then failed on his final attempt with 205.0 kg, giving the gold medal to Sağır.
The bronze went to Russian [Oleg Perepechenov] and remained that way for nine years. However, in 2013, re-testing of the doping samples from Athinai revealed that Perepechenov had taken what was described only as a “funny substance” and he was retroactively disqualified, despite it being outside the 8-year statute of limitations set by WADA. This gave the bronze medal to Turkey’s [Reyhan Arabacıoğlu] who originally had only placed fourth over Greek [Viktor Mitrou] based on lower bodyweight.
|5||Mohamed Hossein Barkhah||27||Iran||IRI||357.5|
|8||Nader Sufyan Abbas||28||Qatar||QAT||355.0|
|9||Kim Gwang-Hun||22||South Korea||KOR||350.0|
|10||Sebastian Ioan Dogariu||26||Romania||ROU||345.0|
|18||Chad Vaughn||24||United States||USA||320.0|
|AC||Vasile Claudiu Hegheduş||25||Romania||ROU||DNF|
|AC ||Oleg Perepechonov||28||Russia||RUS||[365.0]||DQ|