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Weightlifting at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Light-Heavyweight

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Albert Gersten Pavilion, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California, USA
Date Started: August 4, 1984
Date Finished: August 4, 1984
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: ROU Petre Becheru
Silver: AUS Robert Kabbas
Bronze: JPN Ryoji Isaoka


Soviet Armenian [Yurik Vardanyan] had won this title in 1980, was the world record holder, and was World Champion in 1981 and 1983. He would have been heavily favored but in his absence, Romania’s [Petre Becheru] won the gold medal with a total of 355.0 kg. In comparison, Vardanyan won the 1984 Friendship Games, breaking his own world record with a total of 405.0 kg, while second went to Bulgaria’s [Asen Zlatev] with 380.0 kg. Behind Becheru Australian [Robert Kabbas] won the Olympic silver medal and Japan’s [Ryoji Isaoka] the bronze. Kabbas never won another international medal, but Isaoka won the 1982 Asian Games title in this class and Becheru would win a bronze medal in the 1987 European Championships.

View a Phase of this EventFinal StandingsSnatchClean & Jerk

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Petre Becheru 24 Romania ROU Gold 355.0
2 Robert Kabbas 29 Australia AUS Silver 342.5
3 Ryoji Isaoka 22 Japan JPN Bronze 340.0
4 Newton Burrowes 29 Great Britain GBR 327.5
5 Ibrahim El-Bakh 23 Egypt EGY 322.5
6 Lee Gang-Seok 24 South Korea KOR 322.5
7 Yvan Darsigny 18 Canada CAN 322.5
8 Allister Nalder 27 New Zealand NZL 317.5
9 Arn Kritsky 22 United States USA 315.0
10 Michael Bernard 26 New Zealand NZL 312.5
11 Bertil Sollevi 28 Sweden SWE 310.0
12 Tony Supple 22 Great Britain GBR 307.5
13 Mahmoud Mahgoub 20 Egypt EGY 302.5
14 Juan Rejas 21 Peru PER 270.0
AC Giuseppe Lagrotteria 25 Italy ITA [150.0]
AC Ricardo Salas Panama PAN [172.5]
AC Keijo Tahvanainen 25 Finland FIN [175.0]
AC Yusuf Dalgınlı 24 Turkey TUR DNF
AC Vasilios Stavridis 21 Greece GRE DNF