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Weightlifting at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Men's Super-Heavyweight

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics Gymnasium, Beijing
Date Started: August 19, 2008
Date Finished: August 19, 2008
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: GER Matthias Steiner
Silver: RUS Yevgeny Chigishev
Bronze: LAT Viktors Ščerbatihs

Summary

The two-time defending champion was Iran’s Hossein Reza Zadeh, who remained the world record holder and had won the 2005-06 World Championships. However, Reza Zadeh abruptly retired only two months before the Beijing Olympics, leaving the class wide open, although Latvian Viktors Ščerbatihs, the 2007 World Champion and 2004 Olympic silver medalist, became the favorite by default. Ščerbatihs had since become a member of the Latvian Parliament, and had to take time off from that to train for the Olympics. He would win the bronze medal, never really challenging for gold, and commented that trying to both lift internationally was incompatible with serving in Parliament. The gold medal went to Austrian-born German Matthias Steiner who had recently won the silver medal at the 2008 Europeans. Steiner was only in fourth after the snatch, trailing Russian Yevgeny Chigishev, who lifted 210.0 kg to lead, Ščerbatihs, and Ukrainian Artem Udachyn. Steiner then lifted 258.0 kg in the clean & jerk to win the gold, well ahead of Chigishev, who won silver, with Ščerbatihs placing third. Steiner attempted to defend his gold medal at London in 2012, but missed all three of his clean & jerk attempts.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K S CJ
1 Matthias Steiner 25 Germany GER Gold 461.0 203.0 258.0
2 Yevgeny Chigishev 29 Russia RUS Silver 460.0 210.0 250.0
3 Viktors Ščerbatihs 33 Latvia LAT Bronze 448.0 206.0 242.0
4 Artem Udachyn 28 Ukraine UKR 442.0 207.0 235.0
5 Ihor Shymechko 22 Ukraine UKR 433.0 201.0 232.0
6 Rashid Sharifi 23 Iran IRI 426.0 196.0 230.0
7 Grzegorz Kleszcz 30 Poland POL 419.0 185.0 234.0
8 Almir Velagic 26 Germany GER 413.0 188.0 225.0
9 Damon Kelly 24 Australia AUS 386.0 165.0 221.0
10 Itte Detenamo 21 Nauru NRU 385.0 175.0 210.0
11 Antti Everi 26 Finland FIN 366.0 171.0 195.0
12 Sam Pera 19 Cook Islands COK 350.0 155.0 195.0
13 Maamaloa Lolohea 40 Tonga TGA 313.0 140.0 173.0
AC Jeon Sang-Gyun 27 South Korea KOR NVL DNF