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Weightlifting at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Men's Light-Heavyweight

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): St. Michel Arena, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 24, 1976
Date Finished: July 24, 1976
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: URS Valery Shary
Silver: BUL Trendafil Stoychev
Bronze: HUN Péter Baczakó


This event was expected to be contested between [Valery Shary] (URS) and [Trendafil Stoychev] (BUL), the last two World Champions, and the chalk came through, although it took doping controls to establish the final podium. Shary and Stoychev tied with 162.5 kg in the snatch, also equalled by Stoychev’s teammate [Blagoy Blagoev]. When Shary lifted 202.5 kg in the clean & jerk the gold medal was his, followed by Blagoev, who jerked 200.0 kg, and Stoychev, who managed 197.5 kg. However, Blagoev was then disqualified for an unannounced anabolic steroid detected in his doping test, moving Stoychev up to the silver medal, and brought Hungary’s [Péter Baczako] the bronze medal. At Moskva in 1980, Blagoev would win the silver medal in this class. Baczako would move up in weight and win the gold medal in 1980 as a middle-heavyweight.

View a Phase of this EventFinal StandingsSnatchClean & Jerk

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Valery Shary 29 Soviet Union URS Gold 365.0 OR
2 Trendafil Stoychev 23 Bulgaria BUL Silver 360.0
3 Péter Baczakó 24 Hungary HUN Bronze 345.0
4 Nikos Iliadis 25 Greece GRE 340.0
5 Juhani Avellan 30 Finland FIN 330.0
6 Stefan Jacobsson 28 Sweden SWE 317.5
7 Sueo Fujishiro 27 Japan JPN 315.0
8 Gerd Kennel 24 West Germany FRG 312.5
9 Erling Johansen 31 Denmark DEN 307.5
10 Samuel Bigler 29 United States USA 307.5
11 Pablo Justiniani 24 Panama PAN 295.0
12 Mehmet Suvar 29 Turkey TUR 292.5
AC Ferenc Antalovics 23 Hungary HUN [155.0]
AC Rolf Milser 25 West Germany FRG [205.0]
AC Blagoy Blagoev 19 Bulgaria BUL [362.5] DQ
AC Pierre St. Jean 33 Canada CAN DNF
AC Leif Jensen 28 Norway NOR DNF