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Weightlifting at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Men's Light-Heavyweight

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Izmaylovo Palace of Sports, Moskva
Date Started: July 26, 1980
Date Finished: July 26, 1980
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: URS Yuri Vardanyan
Silver: BUL Blagoy Blagoev
Bronze: TCH DuÅ¡an Poliačik


There was no heavier favorite in the 1980 weightlifting tournament than Soviet [Yurik Vardanyan]. Vardanyan held the world record, had not been defeated in three years, winning the 1977-79 World Championships, and also won lift gold medals in every lift at all three Worlds. His gold medal in Moskva was won in dominant fashion, as he set world records in both lifts, and his world record total of 400.0 kg would have won the gold medal as a middle-heavyweight (≤90 kg) or a heavyweight I (≤100 kg). Bulgarian [Blagoi Blagoev] won silver, fully 27.5 kg behind Vardanyan. In 1976 Blagoev had seemed to win the gold medal in this class, but was later disqualified for a doping positive.

View a Phase of this EventFinal StandingsSnatchClean & Jerk

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Yuri Vardanyan 24 Soviet Union URS Gold 400.0 WR
2 Blagoy Blagoev 23 Bulgaria BUL Silver 372.5
3 Dušan Poliačik 25 Czechoslovakia TCH Bronze 367.5
4 Jan Lisowski 27 Poland POL 355.0
5 Krasimir Drandarov 25 Bulgaria BUL 355.0
6 Paweł Rabczewski 30 Poland POL 350.0
7 Detlef Blasche 24 East Germany GDR 345.0
8 Juhani Avellan 34 Finland FIN 332.5
9 Vladimir Zrnić 26 Yugoslavia YUG 330.0
10 Stefan Jonsson 24 Sweden SWE 327.5
11 Talal Hassoun Abdul Kader Iraq IRQ 322.5
12 Erling Johansen 35 Denmark DEN 317.5
13 Stephen Pinsent 25 Great Britain GBR 305.0
14 Salem Ajjoub 26 Syria SYR 302.5
AC Þorsteinn Leifsson 18 Iceland ISL [125.0]
AC Robert Kabbas 25 Australia AUS [142.5]
AC Petre Dumitru 22 Romania ROU [155.0]
AC Serge Van Cottom 27 Belgium BEL DNF
AC Bertalan Mandzák 22 Hungary HUN DNF