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Weightlifting at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Men's Light-Heavyweight

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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.

Gold: CHN Lu Yong
Silver: BLR Andrey Rybakov
Bronze: ARM Tigran V. Martirosyan

Summary

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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K S CJ
1 Lu Yong 22 China CHN Gold 394.0 180.0 214.0
2 Andrey Rybakov 26 Belarus BLR Silver 394.0 185.0 209.0
3 Tigran V. Martirosyan 25 Armenia ARM Bronze 380.0 177.0 203.0
4 Vladimir Sedov 20 Kazakhstan KAZ 380.0 180.0 200.0
5 Jadier Valladares 25 Cuba CUB 372.0 169.0 203.0
6 Benjamin Hennequin 23 France FRA 367.0 162.0 205.0
7 Mansurbek Chashemov 25 Uzbekistan UZB 367.0 165.0 202.0
8 Kendrick Farris 22 United States USA 362.0 160.0 202.0
9 İntiqam Zairov 23 Azerbaijan AZE 361.0 166.0 195.0
10 Carlos Andica 24 Colombia COL 356.0 155.0 201.0
11 Ulan Moldodosov 32 Kyrgyzstan KGZ 346.0 152.0 194.0
12 Ondrej Kutlík 31 Slovakia SVK 343.0 150.0 193.0
13 Benedict Uloko 24 Nigeria NGR 339.0 148.0 191.0
14 Brice Batchaya 22 Cameroon CMR 333.0 153.0 180.0
15 David Katoatau 24 Kiribati KIR 313.0 135.0 178.0
16 Terrence Dixie 24 Seychelles SEY 255.0 115.0 140.0
AC İzzet İnce 27 Turkey TUR 170.0 NVL DNF
AC Vadim Streltsov 22 Belarus BLR NVL DNF
AC Raul Tsirek'idze 21 Georgia GEO 143.0 NVL DNF
AC Herbys Márquez 27 Venezuela VEN NVL DNF
AC Edgar Gevorgyan 26 Armenia ARM 176.0 NVL DNF