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Weightlifting at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Men's Featherweight

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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 17, 2000
Date Finished: September 17, 2000
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: CRO Nikolaj PeÅ¡alov
Silver: GRE Leonidas Sabanis
Bronze: BLR Gennady Oleshchuk


[Naim Süleymanoğlu] was the three-time defending champion but had somewhat retired after the 1996 Olympics, although he left open the possibility of a return. However, he was encouraged to come out of retirement by IOC President [Juan Antonio Samaranch] and go for a fourth gold medal. That did not last long as Süleymanoğlu missed all three snatch attempts, was out of the competition, and then retired for good. The favorites were Greece’s [Leonidas Sabanis], the 1998 World Champion, Croatia’s [Nikolay Peshalov], and China’s [Le Maosheng], the 1999 World Champion. Peshalov had been an Olympic silver medalist in 1992 and bronze medalist as a bantamweight in 1996, but while competing for Bulgaria. He had changed allegiance to Croatia, with Croatia paying for the right to allow him to compete for them.

Peshalov took the lead in the snatch with 150.0 kg, and then extended it in the clean & jerk, equalling the world record with a total of 325.0 kg to win the gold medal. He would return in 2004 and win a fourth Olympic medal, a bronze, as a lightweight. Behind Peshalov, there was a three-way tie on total with 317.5 kg between Sabanis, Belarussian [Gennady Oleshchuk], and Bulgarian [Sevdalin Minchev], however Minchev was disqualified for doping for using Lasix (furosemide), a powerful diuretic often used as a masking agent to enable athletes to evade doping positives. Sabanis won the silver medal on bodyweight as Le placed fourth and missed the podium.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Nikolaj Pešalov 30 Croatia CRO Gold 325.0 OR
2 Leonidas Sabanis 28 Greece GRE Silver 317.5
3 Gennady Oleshchuk 25 Belarus BLR Bronze 317.5
4 Le Maosheng 22 China CHN 315.0
5 Sayed Mahdi Panzvan 19 Iran IRI 302.5
6 Hiroshi Ikehata 30 Japan JPN 300.0
7 Vladimir Popov 23 Moldova MDA 295.0
8 Elxan Süleymanov 26 Azerbaijan AZE 292.5
9 Yurik Sarkisyan 39 Australia AUS 290.0
10 Zoltán Farkas 25 Hungary HUN 287.5
11 Marcus Stephen 30 Nauru NRU 285.0
12 Samson N'Dicka-Matam 24 France FRA 285.0
13 Dmitry Lomakin 24 Kazakhstan KAZ 282.5
14 Kim Yeong-Tae 25 South Korea KOR 275.0
15 Sunday Mathias 19 Nigeria NGR 265.0
AC Sevdalin Minchev 26 Bulgaria BUL [317.5] DQ
AC Im Yong-Su 20 North Korea PRK DNF
AC Ümürbek Bazarbaýew 18 Turkmenistan TKM DNF
AC Aleksey Bortkov 24 Russia RUS DNF
AC Chom Singnoi 21 Thailand THA DNF
AC Naim Süleymanoğlu 33 Turkey TUR DNF