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Weightlifting at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight I

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Olympic Weightlifting Gymnasium, Olympic Park, Seoul
Date Started: September 26, 1988
Date Finished: September 26, 1988
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: URS Pavel Kuznetsov
Silver: ROU Nicu Vlad
Bronze: FRG Peter Immesberger


The top two lifters in this class in recent years had been Soviet [Pavel Kuznetsov] and Romanian [Nicu Vlad], gold medalist in 1984 in the middle-heavyweight class. Kuznetsov had won the 1987 World title with Vlad second, while Vlad was World Champion in 1986. Also considered a medal contender was Hungarian [Andor Szanyi], the 1985 World Champion. However, this event was not close as Kuznetsov had the best snatch and then easily lifted the most in the clean & jerk to win gold with 425.0 kg. Szanyi lifted 407.5 and seemed to be the gold medalist with Vlad originally third, but Szanyi then tested positive for stanozolol, an anabolic steroid, and was disqualified, allowing Vlad to move up to the silver medal. Vlad also competed at the 1992 and 1996 Olympics, winning a bronze medal in 1996 in the heavyweight II division.

View a Phase of this EventFinal StandingsSnatchClean & Jerk

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Pavel Kuznetsov 27 Soviet Union URS Gold 425.0 OR
2 Nicu Vlad 24 Romania ROU Silver 402.5
3 Peter Immesberger 28 West Germany FRG Bronze 395.0
4 János Bökfi 25 Hungary HUN 392.5
5 Francis Tournefier 24 France FRA 385.0
6 Denis Garon 25 Canada CAN 382.5
7 Hwang U-Won 26 South Korea KOR 382.5
8 Franz Langthaler 23 Austria AUT 377.5
9 Fabio Magrini 22 Italy ITA 370.0
10 Maik Nill 25 West Germany FRG 370.0
11 Nobutaka Tomatsu 26 Japan JPN 355.0
12 Andrew Saxton 21 Great Britain GBR 352.5
13 Peter May 22 Great Britain GBR 350.0
14 Théodore Nkwayed 21 Cameroon CMR 320.0
15 Liao Chin-Ming 22 Chinese Taipei TPE 307.5
16 Mike Tererui 25 Cook Islands COK 242.5
AC Tom Söderholm 34 Sweden SWE [150.0]
AC Miloš Čiernik 25 Czechoslovakia TCH [175.0]
AC Andor Szanyi 24 Hungary HUN [407.5] DQ
AC Kevin Blake 27 New Zealand NZL DNF
AC Juraj Dudáš 25 Czechoslovakia TCH DNF