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Weightlifting at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Men's Bantamweight

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Sydney Convention Centre, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 16, 2000
Date Finished: September 16, 2000
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: TUR Halil Mutlu
Silver: CHN Wu Wenxiong
Bronze: CHN Zhang Xiangxiang


Turkey’s [Halil Mutlu] had won the 1996 Olympic flyweight gold medal and came to Sydney as a heavy favorite, having won the last three World Championships. He broke the world record in both snatch and clean & jerk and, consequently, in the total to win his second gold medal with a world record of 305.0 kg. Mutlu, formerly Huben Hubenov in his birth nation of Bulgaria, would return in 2004 and win his third consecutive gold medal, again as a bantamweight. Behind him, China’s [Wu Wenxiong] and [Zhang Xiangxiang] won the silver and bronze medals, respectively. Initially, Bulgaria’s [Ivan Ivankov] appeared to place second but he was disqualified after testing positive for Lasix (furosemide), a powerful diuretic often used as a masking agent to enable athletes to evade doping positives.

View a Phase of this EventFinal StandingsSnatchClean & Jerk

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Halil Mutlu 27 Turkey TUR Gold 305.0 WR
2 Wu Wenxiong 19 China CHN Silver 287.5
3 Zhang Xiangxiang 17 China CHN Bronze 287.5
4 Wang Shin-Yuan 24 Chinese Taipei TPE 285.0
5 Sergio Álvarez 20 Cuba CUB 275.0
6 Adrian Ioan Jigău 30 Romania ROU 275.0
7 Vitaly Derbenyov 24 Belarus BLR 275.0
8 Yang Chin-Yi 19 Chinese Taipei TPE 270.0
9 Oleksandr Likhvald 22 Ukraine UKR 270.0
10 Hwang Gyu-Dong 24 South Korea KOR 267.5
11 Nelson Castro 26 Colombia COL 260.0
12 Luis Medrano 24 Guatemala GUA 257.5
13 Koki Tagashira 26 Japan JPN 252.5
14 Eric Bonnel 26 France FRA 252.5
15 Yasuji Kikuzuma 22 Japan JPN 250.0
16 Thandava Murthy Muthu 25 India IND 245.0
17 Mehmet Yagci 27 Australia AUS 235.0
18 Orlando Vásquez 31 Nicaragua NCA 232.5
19 Gino Soupprayen Padiatty 27 Mauritius MRI 210.0
20 Martinho de Araujo 27 Individual Olympic Athletes IOA 157.5
AC Ivan Ivanov 29 Bulgaria BUL [292.5] DQ
AC Manuel Minginfel 21 Federated States of Micronesia FSM DNF