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Men's Lightweight

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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 20, 2000
Date Finished: September 20, 2000
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: BUL Galabin Boevski
Silver: BUL Georgi Markov
Bronze: BLR Sergey Lavrenov


When this class started, three Bulgarians had already tested positive for doping during the Sydney Olympics which, by the rules in force at the time, meant the expuslion of the entire Bulgarian weightlifting team. However, the expulsion was not announced until 22 September, allowing the Bulgarians in this class to compete, with 1999 World Champion [Galabin Boevski] equalling the world record to win the gold medal and defeat his teammate, [Georgi Markov] for the gold medal. Both Boevski and Markov were caught doping at the 2003 World Championships, when they were found to have tampered with their urine samples. Boevski was banned from international competition for eight years, effectively ending his career, and Markov for 18 months. In October 2011 Boevski was arrested at the São Paulo International Airport when he was found to have 9 kg of cocaine in his luggage. He was convicted of cocaine trafficking and sentenced to nine years in Brazilian prison, although he was released in October 2013 and returned to Bulgaria, although the reasons for the release are unclear.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Galabin Boevski 25 Bulgaria BUL Gold 357.5 OR
2 Georgi Markov 22 Bulgaria BUL Silver 352.5
3 Sergey Lavrenov 28 Belarus BLR Bronze 340.0
4 Zhang Guozheng 25 China CHN 337.5
5 Rudik Petrosyan 19 Armenia ARM 335.0
6 Valerios Leonidis 34 Greece GRE 330.0
7 Lee Bae-Yeong 20 South Korea KOR 330.0
8 Kim Hak-Bong 27 South Korea KOR 330.0
9 Turan Mirzəyev 20 Azerbaijan AZE 327.5
10 Youssef Sbaî 21 Tunisia TUN 320.0
11 Yoshihisa Miyaji 27 Japan JPN 320.0
12 François Demeure 25 Belgium BEL 310.0
13 Giuseppe Ficco 26 Italy ITA 302.5
14 Yasin Arslan 22 Turkey TUR 300.0
15 Sébastien Groulx 25 Canada CAN 297.5
16 Alexi Batista 24 Panama PAN 242.5
AC Wan Jianhui 25 China CHN [147.5] DNF