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Weightlifting at the 1980 Moskva Summer Games:

Men's Super-Heavyweight

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Izmaylovo Palace of Sports, Moskva
Date Started: July 30, 1980
Date Finished: July 30, 1980
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: URS Sultan Rakhmanov
Silver: GDR Jürgen Heuser
Bronze: POL Tadeusz Rutkowski


The last two gold medals had been won by [Vasily Alekseyev] who also won the 1977 World Championships. Alekseyev was injured at the 1978 Worlds and did not compete internationally until he was listed on the Soviet team for the 1980 Olympics. He was expected to be challenged by his teammate [Sultan Rakhmanov], the 1979 World Champion. In the snatch, Rakhmanov hoisted an Olympic record 195.0 kg, but Alekseyev failed on all three attempts, and his weightlifting career was over. Rakhmanov also had the best clean & jerk, with 245.0 kg, winning the gold medal by equalling Alekseyev’s Olympic record total of 440.0 kg. The silver went to East Geran [Jürgen Heuser], the 1978 World Champion, while the bronze was won by Poland’s [Tadeusz Rutkowski], who had also won an Olympic bronze medal in 1976 in the heavyweight class (≤110 kg).

View a Phase of this EventFinal StandingsSnatchClean & Jerk

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Sultan Rakhmanov 30 Soviet Union URS Gold 440.0 OR
2 Jürgen Heuser 27 East Germany GDR Silver 410.0
3 Tadeusz Rutkowski 29 Poland POL Bronze 407.5
4 Rudolf Strejček 29 Czechoslovakia TCH 402.5
5 Bohuslav Braum 24 Czechoslovakia TCH 397.5
6 Francisco Méndez 20 Cuba CUB 395.0
7 Robert Skolimowski 23 Poland POL 385.0
8 Talal Najjar 27 Syria SYR 362.5
AC Jouko Leppä 37 Finland FIN [160.0]
AC Marin Parapancea 29 Romania ROU DNF
AC Gerardo Fernández 26 Cuba CUB DNF
AC Vasily Alekseyev 38 Soviet Union URS DNF