Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics Gymnasium, Beijing
Date Started: August 15, 2008
Date Finished: August 15, 2008
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.
|Bronze:||Tigran V. Martirosyan|
The favorite was Belarussian [Andrey Rybakov], silver medalist at Athinai in 2004, and World Champion in 2006-07. He opened with 185.0 kg in the snatch to take a 5 kg lead over China’s [Lu Yong]. Rybakov lifted 209.0 in the snatch, but when Lu apparently lifted 214 kg on his second attempt, he seemed to have the gold medal, tying Rybakov with 394.0 kg, but Lu weighed less than Rybakov. The Chinese officials started celebrating but the judges then ruled that the lift was not legal. Lu made his third attempt with the same weight and this time cleanly lifted 214.0 kg and the gold medal was his. Bronze went to Armenia’s [Tigran V. Martirosyan], whose teammate and namesake, [Tigran G. Martirosyan] (no known relation), had also won a bronze medal in the lightweight class in Beijing. Rybakov competed again in this class at the London Olympics, attempting to finally win his gold medal, but he failed to complete a clean lift and was eliminated.
|3||Tigran V. Martirosyan||25||Armenia||ARM||Bronze||380.0||177.0||203.0|
|8||Kendrick Farris||22||United States||USA||362.0||160.0||202.0|