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Weightlifting at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Men's Super-Heavyweight

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): St. Michel Arena, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 27, 1976
Date Finished: July 27, 1976
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: URS Vasily Alekseyev
Silver: GDR Gerd Bonk
Bronze: GDR Helmut Losch


Soviet [Vasily Alekseyev] was the defending champion and had not been defeated since 1970. From 1970-77 he set 79 world records, although Alekseyev was known to better the world record by the minimal amount possible, because he was given financial bonuses by the Soviet government for every world record he broke. Alekseyev was expected to win easily, and he did, leading after the snatch by 15 kg and winning the gold medal by 35 kg over East German [Gerd Bonk]. Bonk, the 1976 and 1979 European Champion, had also been second to Alekseyev at the 1975 World Championships but was unlucky to compete in the same era and never won a major international championship in which Alekseyev competed. Alekseyev would try to three-peat in 1980 at Moskva but was by then past his prime, failed to make a lift in the snatch, and was eliminated.

View a Phase of this EventFinal StandingsSnatchClean & Jerk

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Vasily Alekseyev 34 Soviet Union URS Gold 440.0 OR
2 Gerd Bonk 24 East Germany GDR Silver 405.0
3 Helmut Losch 28 East Germany GDR Bronze 387.5
4 Ján Nagy 31 Czechoslovakia TCH 387.5
5 Bruce Wilhelm 31 United States USA 387.5
6 Gerardo Fernández 22 Cuba CUB 365.0
7 Bob Edmond 27 Australia AUS 347.5
8 Jan-Olof Nolsjö 27 Sweden SWE 337.5
9 Sam Walker 25 United States USA 325.0
AC Petr Pavlásek 29 Czechoslovakia TCH [387.5] DQ
AC Jouko Leppä 33 Finland FIN DNF