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Weightlifting at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's Super-Heavyweight

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Olympic Weightlifting Gymnasium, Olympic Park, Seoul
Date Started: September 28, 1988
Date Finished: September 29, 1988
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: URS Aleksandr Kurlovich
Silver: FRG Manfred Nerlinger
Bronze: FRG Martin Zawieja


[Aleksandr Kurlovich] had won the 1987 World Championships, after returning from a two-year ban from competition, which had been given him when he pleaded guilty in 1984 to importing anabolic steroids into Canada with intent to sell. Kurlovich won this event with ridiculous ease, snatching 212.5 kg to take a 22.5 kg lead, and also jerking the most weight, as his total of 462.5 kg was 32.5 kg ahead of West German [Manfred Nerlinger]. Kurlovich would return in 1992 and defend his gold medal at Barcelona.

Kurlovich might have had competition in Seoul in the form of Bulgarian Antonio Krastev, who had won the 1985-86 World Championships when Kurlovich was banned by the International Weightlifting Federation. However, after [Mitko Grablev] and [Angel Genchev] tested positive at doping controls in lighter classes, the Bulgarians withdrew the remainder of their lifters and Krastev did not compete.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Aleksandr Kurlovich 27 Soviet Union URS Gold 462.5 OR
2 Manfred Nerlinger 27 West Germany FRG Silver 430.0
3 Martin Zawieja 25 West Germany FRG Bronze 415.0
4 Mario Martinez 31 United States USA 407.5
5 Petr Hudeček 23 Czechoslovakia TCH 400.0
6 Reda El-Batoty 25 Egypt EGY 392.5
7 Charles Garzarella 24 Australia AUS 370.0
8 Pavlos Saltsidis 25 Greece GRE 367.5
9 Matthew Vine 29 Great Britain GBR 352.5
10 John Bergman 26 United States USA 352.5
11 Calvin Stamp 30 Jamaica JAM 345.0
12 Adhan Mohamed 21 Egypt EGY 342.5
13 José Miguel Guzman 32 Dominican Republic DOM 332.5
14 Dieudonné Takou Cameroon CMR 330.0
15 Rolando Marchinares 21 Peru PER 325.0
AC Gilbert Ojadi Aduche 22 Nigeria NGR DNF
AC Jiří Zubrický 24 Czechoslovakia TCH DNF