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Weightlifting at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's Super-Heavyweight

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 30, 1996
Date Finished: July 30, 1996
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: RUS Andrey Chemerkin
Silver: GER Ronny Weller
Bronze: AUS Stefan Botev Khristov


Belarussian [Aleksandr Kurlovich] was the 1988 and 1992 gold medalist and also won the 1995 World Championships. He was expected to be challenged by the 1995 World Champion, Russian [Andrey Chemerkin], and Germany’s [Ronny Weller], runner-up at the 1995 Worlds and the 1993 World Champion. Kurlovich was never really a factor and would finish fifth, 25 kg out of the medals. Weller and [Stefan Botev] led after the snatch with 200.0 kg, with Chemerkin snatching 197.5 kg. Botev was a native Bulgarian who had won a bronze medal in heavyweight II at Barcelona, but now represented Australia. The clean & jerk saw the lead change hands multiple times. After their first two lifts, Weller had lifted 252.5 kg with Chemerkin and Botev hoisting 250.0 kg, so Weller led. Botev attempted 255.0 kg on his final lift, but failed. Weller succeeded, bringing his total to 455.0 kg, which forced Chemerkin to call for 260.0 kg. He lifted it cleanly for a world record and the gold medal, as Weller won silver and Botev bronze. Weller would also win the silver medal in this class at the 2000 Olympics.

View a Phase of this EventFinal StandingsSnatchClean & Jerk

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Andrey Chemerkin 24 Russia RUS Gold 457.5 WR
2 Ronny Weller 26 Germany GER Silver 455.0
3 Stefan Botev Khristov 28 Australia AUS Bronze 450.0
4 Kim Tae-Hyeon 27 South Korea KOR 437.5
5 Aleksandr Kurlovich 34 Belarus BLR 425.0
6 Manfred Nerlinger 35 Germany GER 422.5
7 Pavlos Saltsidis 33 Greece GRE 420.0
8 Tibor Stark 24 Hungary HUN 415.0
9 Raimonds Bergmanis 29 Latvia LAT 402.5
10 Stian Grimseth 23 Norway NOR 400.0
11 Erdinç Aslan 28 Turkey TUR 397.5
12 Anders Bergström 29 Sweden SWE 395.0
13 Ashot Danielyan 22 Armenia ARM 395.0
14 Mark Henry 25 United States USA 377.5
15 Steve Kettner 27 Australia AUS 375.0
16 Thomas Ingalsbe 26 United States USA 365.0
17 Sunil Joshi 30 Nepal NEP 282.5
AC Igor Khalilov 24 Uzbekistan UZB [177.5] DNF