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Weightlifting at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Izmaylovo Palace of Sports, Moskva
Date Started: July 24, 1980
Date Finished: July 24, 1980
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: BUL Asen Zlatev
Silver: URS Oleksandr Perviy
Bronze: BUL Nedelcho Kolev


Cuban [Tony Urrutia] had won the World Championships in 1977-79 and should have been the favorite, but at a meet in Mexico City in early 1980, Urrutia used his bedsheets to climb out his bedroom window, escape from the Cuban team, and defected to the United States. He had been sixth in the Olympics as a lightweight in 1976, and would compete again in the Olympics, but in 1988-92 for the United States.

In his absence, the gold medal went to the Bulgarian world record holder [Asen Zlatev], who bettered his own world record with 360.0 kg. Silver went to Soviet Ukrainian [Oleksander Perviy], while bronze was won by Zlatev’s teamate [Nedelcho Kolev].

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Asen Zlatev 20 Bulgaria BUL Gold 360.0 WR
2 Oleksandr Perviy 19 Soviet Union URS Silver 357.5 WR
3 Nedelcho Kolev 27 Bulgaria BUL Bronze 345.0
4 Julio Echenique 21 Cuba CUB 327.5
5 Dragomir Cioroslan 26 Romania ROU 322.5
6 Tapio Kinnunen 26 Finland FIN 320.0
7 Bertil Sollevi 24 Sweden SWE 310.0
8 Newton Burrowes 25 Great Britain GBR 302.5
9 Rogelio Weatherbee 25 Mexico MEX 300.0
10 Vincenzo Pedicone 24 Italy ITA 295.0
11 Kevin Welch-Kennedy 27 Great Britain GBR 295.0
12 Dušan Mirković 27 Yugoslavia YUG 290.0
13 Damdinsürengiin Boldbayar 21 Mongolia MGL 282.5
14 Sampson Cosmas 26 Nigeria NGR 255.0
AC Günter Schliwka 24 East Germany GDR [150.0]
AC Mohamed Kheir Tarabulsi 29 Lebanon LIB DNF