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Weightlifting at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Middle-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 5, 1984
Date Finished: August 5, 1984
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: ROU Nicu Vlad
Silver: ROU Petre Dumitru
Bronze: GBR David Mercer


Previously competing as a light-heavyweight at the 1976 and 1980 Olympics, Bulgarian [Blagoy Blagoev] moved up to middle-heavyweight and was World Champion in 1981-83 and held the world record coming into the Los Angeles Olympics. He would have been the clear favorite in Los Angeles, but he did not win the Friendship Games, that title going to Soviet Viktor Solodov with a world record of 422.5 kg, while Blagoev finished second. Without the boycotting nations, the gold medal in Los Angeles went to Romanian [Nicu Vlad], who had never before won an international medal, with a total of 392.5 kg. Vlad was known as “The Apollo of the Barbells” for his handsome looks, and he would become one of the world’s top lifters. Vlad won World Championships in heavyweight I in 1986 and 1990, and was European Champion in that class in 1985-86. At Seoul in 1988 Vlad won a silver medal in the heavyweight I class, and would eventually win six medals at both the European and World Championships. He later emigrated to Australia, and competed internationally for them but never at the Olympics.

View a Phase of this EventFinal StandingsSnatchClean & Jerk

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Nicu Vlad 20 Romania ROU Gold 392.5 OR
2 Petre Dumitru 26 Romania ROU Silver 360.0
3 David Mercer 23 Great Britain GBR Bronze 352.5
4 Peter Immesberger 24 West Germany FRG 350.0
5 Hwang U-Won 22 South Korea KOR 350.0
6 Nikos Iliadis 33 Greece GRE 350.0
7 Henri Høeg 30 Denmark DEN 347.5
8 José Garces 23 Mexico MEX 342.5
9 Josef Span 22 Austria AUT 342.5
10 Keith Boxell 26 Great Britain GBR 342.5
11 Ma Wenguang 27 China CHN 340.0
12 Denis Garon 21 Canada CAN 340.0
13 Francisco Coelho 22 Portugal POR 340.0
14 Daniel Tschan 24 Switzerland SUI 337.5
15 Maged Mohamed 21 Egypt EGY 332.5
16 Emmanuel Oshomah 20 Nigeria NGR 327.5
17 Mohammed Taher Mohammed Iraq IRQ 325.0
18 Klaus-Göran Nilsson 26 Sweden SWE 317.5
19 Tommy Calandro 26 United States USA 315.0
20 Salem Ajjoub 30 Syria SYR 315.0
21 Jaime Molina 21 Peru PER 282.5
22 Emila Huch 33 Samoa SAM 270.0
AC Ibrahim Shaban 31 Egypt EGY [145.0]
AC Erich Seidl 24 Austria AUT [150.0]
AC Kim Cheol-Hyeon 25 South Korea KOR [150.0]
AC Derrick Crass 23 United States USA DNF