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Weightlifting at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight

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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 25, 2000
Date Finished: September 25, 2000
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: IRI Hossein Tavakoli
Silver: BUL Alan Tsagaev
Bronze: QAT Asaad Said Saif


The favorites were the last two World Champions, [Denys Hotfrid] of the Ukraine (1999) and his teammate, [Ihor Razoronov] (1998). Razoronov led after the snatch with 192.5 kg, with Hotfrid lifting 190.0 kg, tied with Iran’s [Hossein Tavakoli], Qatari [Asaad Said Saif], the former Angel Popov (Bulgaria), Russian [Yevgeny Chigishev], and Moldovan [Alexandru Bratan]. Hotfrid then missed all three of his clean & jerks and was out of the competition. Gold eventually went to Tavakoli in a major upset – he had no significant international results previously, other than a victory at the 1999 Asian Games, a relatively minor competition. Said Saif won the bronze medal behind Bulgaria’s [Alan Tsagaev].

Bulgaria had already had three of their lifters in Sydney test positive at doping controls, and the weightlifting team was seemingly expelled from the 2000 Olympics. However, Bulgaria paid the International Weightlifting Federation a “fine” (or bribe) of $50,000 and Tsagaev was allowed to compete by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Said Saif was one of eight Bulgarian weightlifters who transferred allegiance to Qatar in 1999 for a reported transfer fee of $1,000,000, with the lifters also paid by the Qataris. Popov/Said Saif was the only Bulqatarian to win a medal in Sydney.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Hossein Tavakoli 22 Iran IRI Gold 425.0 OR
2 Alan Tsagaev 23 Bulgaria BUL Silver 422.5
3 Asaad Said Saif 21 Qatar QAT Bronze 420.0
4 Ihor Razoronov 30 Ukraine UKR 420.0
5 Yevgeny Chigishev 21 Russia RUS 415.0
6 Alexandru Bratan 23 Moldova MDA 410.0
7 Florin Vlad 19 Romania ROU 405.0
8 Grzegorz Kleszcz 22 Poland POL 405.0
9 Mariusz Jędra 27 Poland POL 390.0
10 Boris Burov 30 Ecuador ECU 387.5
11 Ramūnas Vyšniauskas 23 Lithuania LTU 385.0
12 Moreno Boer 23 Italy ITA 365.0
13 Tevita Kofe Ngalu 27 Tonga TGA 295.0
AC Denys Hotfrid 25 Ukraine UKR [190.0] DNF
AC Yevgeny Shishlyannikov 25 Russia RUS [187.5] DNF
AC Péter Tamtom 24 Hungary HUN [175.0] DNF
AC Abdul Aziz Alpak 25 Turkey TUR [175.0] DNF
AC Anatoly Khrapaty 36 Kazakhstan KAZ DNF
AC Choi Jong-Geun 24 South Korea KOR DNF
AC Mukhran Gogia 29 Georgia GEO DNF
AC Tommy Yule 24 Great Britain GBR DNF