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Weightlifting at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Men's Middle-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 24, 2000
Date Finished: September 24, 2000
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: GRE Akakios Kakiasvili
Silver: POL Szymon Kołecki
Bronze: RUS Aleksey Petrov


Greece’s [Akakios Kakiasvili] had won this class in 1992, then competing for the Unified Team as a Georgian, and under the name K'akhi K'akhiashvili. At Atlanta in 1996, Kakiasvili, then competing for Greece, won gold in the heavyweight I class. He was 1998-99 World Champion as a middle-heavy and came to Sydney as the favorite to win his third consecutive gold medal. Kakiasvili succeeded but it was a close contest against Poland’s [Szymon Kołecki]. Kakiasvili led with a world record snatch of 185.0 kg, but Kołecki and Russian [Aleksey Petrov] had the best clean & jerk with 222.5 kg, meaning that Kakiasvili and Kołecki tied at 405.0 kg, with Petrov getting the bronze medal. However, Kakiasvili won the gold medal on bodyweight, 92.06 to 93.58 kg.

This was Kakiasvili’s third consecutive gold medal, equalling the record set by Turkey’s [Naim Süleymanoğlu] in 1988-96 and by his Greek teammate [Pyrros Dimas], who had done it the day before in Sydney. Turkey’s [Halil Mutlu] would also equal this mark at Athinai in 2004. Kakiasvili attempted to win a fourth gold in 2004 but went out after failing on his three clean & jerks.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Akakios Kakiasvili 31 Greece GRE Gold 405.0 OR
2 Szymon Kołecki 18 Poland POL Silver 405.0 OR
3 Aleksey Petrov 26 Russia RUS Bronze 402.5
4 Kouroush Bagheri 22 Iran IRI 402.5
5 Vadim Vacarciuc 27 Moldova MDA 397.5
6 Zoltán Kovács 23 Hungary HUN 397.5
7 Bünyamin Sudaş 25 Turkey TUR 392.5
8 Julio César Luna 27 Venezuela VEN 392.5
9 Michel Batista 22 Cuba CUB 385.0
10 Alex Karapetyan 30 Australia AUS 382.5
11 Andriy Demchuk 25 Ukraine UKR 377.5
12 Slavik Nyu 30 Kazakhstan KAZ 375.0
13 Andrey Makarov 28 Kazakhstan KAZ 375.0
14 Kiril Kounev 32 Australia AUS 375.0
15 Bakhyt Akhmetov 21 Kyrgyzstan KGZ 367.5
16 Pavel Bazuk 25 Belarus BLR 365.0
17 Lars Betker 28 Germany GER 365.0
18 Sergejs Lazovskis 24 Latvia LAT 355.0
19 Darío Lecman 29 Argentina ARG 305.0