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.
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.
|8||Kim Min-Jae||28||South Korea||KOR||395|
|15||Abbas Al-Qaisoum||31||Saudi Arabia||KSA||335|
|16||Peter Kirkbride||24||Great Britain||GBR||328|
|20||Jean Greeff||22||South Africa||RSA||313|