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Weightlifting at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's Middle-Heavyweight

Weightlifting at the 2012 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): ExCeL, Newham, London
Date Started: August 4, 2012
Date Finished: August 4, 2012
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: KAZ Ilya Ilyin
Silver: RUS Aleksandr Ivanov
Bronze: MDA Anatolii Cîrîcu

Summary

As the defending Olympic Champion, the reigning World Champion (with additional titles in 2006 and the light-heavyweight division in 2005), and the most recent Asian Games Champion, Ilya Ilyin was heavily favored to take gold again in the men’s middle-heavyweight division of the 2012 Olympic weightlifting tournament. Among his strongest challengers were Aleksandr Ivanov of Russia, the 2010 World Champion, his compatriot Andrey Demanov, the 2011 European Champion, 2008 runner-up, and 2006 and 2009 bronze medalist, Anatolii Cîrîcu of Moldova, the reigning European Champion and runner-up in 2011, and Kim Min-Jae of South Korea, twice Asian Champion (2011 and 2012) and bronze medalist at the 2009 World and 2010 Asian Championships.

The competition in the snatch portion was tight, with Ilyin, Ivanov, and Kim all lifting 185 kg. Kim fell down to seventh after failing to lift 220 kg, and then 221 kg, before Ilyin even made a first attempt. Ilyin came in at 224 kg and lifted it with ease, breaking his own Olympic record for total points with a score of 409. Though six tried, only half were able to match this, starting with Ivanov who lifted the same weight and thus tied Ilyin in points and, having the lower body weight, put himself in the gold medal position. Demanov then managed 225 kg in two attempts, lining himself up for bronze, but he was quickly displaced by Cîrîcu, who lifted 226 kg to tie the score and, as the lighter competitor, knock Demanov off the podium. For his second attempt, Ilyin lifted 228 kg, again breaking his own Olympic record (this time in the clean and jerk) and setting a world record for total points with 413. Neither Cîrîcu nor Ivanov could respond and thus, assured of gold, Ilyin went for a world record clean and jerk lift, succeeding in his attempt and setting the new bar at 233 kg.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal BW
1 Ilya Ilyin 24 Kazakhstan KAZ Gold 418 93.52
2 Aleksandr Ivanov 23 Russia RUS Silver 409 93.30
3 Anatolii Cîrîcu 23 Moldova MDA Bronze 407 93.29
4 Andrey Demanov 27 Russia RUS 407 93.85
5 Saeid Mohammadpour 19 Iran IRI 402 94.00
6 İntiqam Zairov 27 Azerbaijan AZE 397 93.17
7 Almas Uteshov 24 Kazakhstan KAZ 395 93.15
8 Kim Min-Jae 28 South Korea KOR 395 93.68
9 Tomasz Zieliński 21 Poland POL 385 93.61
10 Aleksandr Makarenko 22 Belarus BLR 384 93.65
11 Norayr Vardanyan 25 Armenia ARM 380 93.83
12 Kostiantyn Piliyev 29 Ukraine UKR 372 93.59
13 David Kavelasvili 26 Greece GRE 370 93.21
14 Endri Karina 23 Albania ALB 350 93.90
15 Abbas Al-Qaisoum 31 Saudi Arabia KSA 335 93.06
16 Peter Kirkbride 24 Great Britain GBR 328 93.37
17 David Katoatau 28 Kiribati KIR 325 93.32
18 Joel Pavón 19 Honduras HON 320 93.20
19 Miika Antti-Roiko 23 Finland FIN 320 93.63
20 Jean Greeff 22 South Africa RSA 313 93.32
AC Arsen Kasabijew 24 Poland POL 93.56 DNF