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Weightlifting at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight I

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Izmaylovo Palace of Sports, Moskva
Date Started: July 28, 1980
Date Finished: July 28, 1980
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: TCH Ota Zaremba
Silver: URS Igor Nikitin
Bronze: CUB Alberto Blanco


This was the first time this class was held at the Olympics, although it had been contested at the World Championships in 1977-79. The only medalist from those three Worlds that competed in the class at Moskva was Cuban [Alberto Blanco], bronze medalist in 1979. He would also win bronze at the 1980 Olympics, trailing the gold medalist Czechoslovak [Ota Zaremba], who had won a silver medal in the snatch at the 1979 Worlds. The silver medal went to Soviet [Igor Nikitin], who had also won a silver at the 1978 European Championships.

View a Phase of this EventFinal StandingsSnatchClean & Jerk

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Ota Zaremba 23 Czechoslovakia TCH Gold 395.0 OR
2 Igor Nikitin 28 Soviet Union URS Silver 392.5
3 Alberto Blanco 30 Cuba CUB Bronze 385.0
4 Michael Hennig 25 East Germany GDR 382.5
5 János Sólyomvári 26 Hungary HUN 380.0
6 Manfred Funke 24 East Germany GDR 377.5
7 Anton Baraniak 29 Czechoslovakia TCH 375.0
8 László Varga 27 Hungary HUN 367.5
9 Michael Persson 21 Sweden SWE 360.0
10 Pekka Niemi 27 Finland FIN 347.5
11 John Burns 31 Great Britain GBR 337.5
12 Birgir Borgþórsson 21 Iceland ISL 330.0
13 Omar Yousfi 24 Algeria ALG 320.0
14 Addison Dale 37 Zimbabwe ZIM 225.0
AC Raef Ftouni Lebanon LIB [140.0]
AC Plamen Asparukhov 20 Bulgaria BUL [170.0]
AC Franz Strizik 26 Austria AUT DNF