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Weightlifting at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Men's Middle-Heavyweight

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): St. Michel Arena, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 25, 1976
Date Finished: July 25, 1976
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: URS David Rigert
Silver: USA Lee James
Bronze: BUL Atanas Shopov


In 1972 [David Rigert] (URS) had been a huge favorite in this class but failed to make a valid lift in the snatch and was eliminated, after which he went berserk backstage. He came to Montréal as even a heavier favorite, having won the World Championships in 1973-75, and had won the last six European Championships. This time there was no need to restrain him after the event, as Rigert had the best snatch and clean & jerk and won the gold medal with a 20 kg margin over American [Lee James]. Rigert would continue to dominate this class and in 1980 in Moskva, was again the clear favorite, but again failed to make a lift in the snatch and did not finish. James’ silver medal was the last Olympic medal won by an American male weightlifter through 2012, save for two at the 1984 Olympics, which were strongly affected by the Eastern Bloc boycott.

View a Phase of this EventFinal StandingsSnatchClean & Jerk

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 David Rigert 29 Soviet Union URS Gold 382.5 OR
2 Lee James 22 United States USA Silver 362.5
3 Atanas Shopov 24 Bulgaria BUL Bronze 360.0
4 János Rehus-Uzor 30 Hungary HUN 350.0
5 Peter Petzold 27 East Germany GDR 345.0
6 Alberto Blanco 26 Cuba CUB 345.0
7 Yvon Coussin 26 France FRA 332.5
8 Guðmundur Sigurðsson 30 Iceland ISL 332.5
9 Gary Langford 23 Great Britain GBR 327.5
10 Jean-Pierre Van Lerberghe 29 Belgium BEL 327.5
11 Brian Marsden 28 New Zealand NZL 322.5
12 Rudolf Hill 28 Austria AUT 320.0
13 Ken Price 35 Great Britain GBR 307.5
AC Rolf Larsen 27 Norway NOR [140.0]
AC Jaakko Kailajärvi 35 Finland FIN [145.0]
AC Khristos Iakovou 28 Greece GRE [155.0]
AC Michel Broillet 32 Switzerland SUI [165.0]
AC Phil Grippaldi 29 United States USA [355.0] DQ
AC Serhiy Poltoratsky 28 Soviet Union URS DNF