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Weightlifting at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight II

Weightlifting at the 1980 Summer Games: Next Summer Games


Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Izmaylovo Palace of Sports, Moskva
Date Started: July 29, 1980
Date Finished: July 29, 1980
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: URS Leonid Taranenko
Silver: BUL Valentin Khristov
Bronze: HUN György Szalai


This class had been held at the Olympics since 1972 but was somewhat different in 1980, with the addition of the heavyweight I class (≤100 kg). The favorites were Soviet [Leonid Taranenko] and Bulgarian [Valentin Khristov]. At Montréal in 1976, Khristov had seemingly won the gold medal until he failed a doping test after the competition and was disqualified. He took the lead in Moskva with a snatch of 185.0 kg, leading Taranenko by 2.5 kg, but Taranenko stunned with a world record clean & jerk of 240.0 kg, 20.0 kg more than Khristov, and won the gold medal with world record total of 422.5 kg as Khristov hung on for silver. Taranenko would return to the Olympics in 1992 as a super-heavyweight and won a silver medal.

View a Phase of this EventFinal StandingsSnatchClean & Jerk

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Leonid Taranenko 24 Soviet Union URS Gold 422.5 WR
2 Valentin Khristov 24 Bulgaria BUL Silver 405.0
3 György Szalai 29 Hungary HUN Bronze 390.0
4 Leif Nilsson 27 Sweden SWE 380.0
5 Vinzenz Hörtnagl 32 Austria AUT 372.5
6 Ștefan Tașnadi 27 Romania ROU 360.0
7 Don Mitchell 25 Australia AUS 352.5
8 Dimitrios Zarzavatsidis 24 Greece GRE 347.5
9 Viktor Sirkiä 31 Finland FIN 342.5
10 Andy Drzewiecki 32 Great Britain GBR 320.0
11 Ali Abdul Kader Maneer Iraq IRQ 300.0
12 Mario Rodríguez Dominican Republic DOM 287.5
AC Pavel Khek 22 Czechoslovakia TCH DNF