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Weightlifting at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Men's Middle-Heavyweight

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics Gymnasium, Beijing
Date Started: August 17, 2008
Date Finished: August 17, 2008
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: KAZ Ilya Ilyin
Silver: POL Szymon Kołecki
Bronze: RUS Khadzhimurat Akkayev

Summary

This class matched the last three World Champions – Roman Konstantinov of Russia (2007), Kazakhstan’s Ilya Ilyin (2006), and Azerbaijani Nizami Paşayev (2005). In the B Group, held in the afternoon, Konstantinov’s teammate, Khadzhimurat Akkayev, lifted 185.0 kg in the snatch, which nobody would match in the A Group. He then cleaned & jerked 217.0 kg and predicted that his total of 402.0 kg would win the gold medal. However, Poland’s Szymon Kołecki, world record holder in the clean & jerk, lifted 224.0 kg in that lift and totalled 403.0 kg. He was then beaten by Ilyin who put up 226 kg in the clean & jerk to win the gold medal with a total of 406.0 kg. Paşayev had the best snatch in Group A with 181.0 kg but struggled in clean & jerk and placed only fifth, while Konstantinov was never a factor, finishing eighth.

Akkayev’s total held on for a rare B Group bronze medal, but he was not happy. He started in the B Group because of his low starting weight which he attributed to his coach, noting, “My coach is a jerk. If I had competed in Group A I would have won the gold.” Ilyin would return in 2012 and defend his gold medal in London.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K S CJ
1 Ilya Ilyin 20 Kazakhstan KAZ Gold 406.0 180.0 226.0
2 Szymon Kołecki 26 Poland POL Silver 403.0 179.0 224.0
3 Khadzhimurat Akkayev 23 Russia RUS Bronze 402.0 185.0 217.0
4 Arsen Kasabijew 20 Georgia GEO 399.0 176.0 223.0
5 Nizami Paşayev 27 Azerbaijan AZE 396.0 181.0 215.0
6 Yoandry Hernández 28 Cuba CUB 393.0 178.0 215.0
7 Asghar Ebrahimi 26 Iran IRI 392.0 180.0 212.0
8 Roman Konstantinov 24 Russia RUS 387.0 175.0 212.0
9 Jürgen Spieß 24 Germany GER 384.0 173.0 211.0
10 José Juan Navarro 27 Spain ESP 383.0 173.0 210.0
11 Artem Ivanov 20 Ukraine UKR 380.0 170.0 210.0
12 Vadim Vacarciuc 35 Moldova MDA 373.0 168.0 205.0
13 Eugen Bratan 27 Moldova MDA 370.0 170.0 200.0
14 Kostas Gkaripis 27 Greece GRE 360.0 160.0 200.0
15 Anastasios Triantafyllou 21 Greece GRE 351.0 155.0 196.0
16 Ravi Bhollah 26 Mauritius MRI 275.0 125.0 150.0
AC Bartłomiej Bonk 23 Poland POL 175.0 NVL DNF
AC Eduardo Guadamud 22 Ecuador ECU 165.0 NVL DNF