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Men's Middleweight

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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 22, 2000
Date Finished: September 22, 2000
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: CHN Zhan Xugang
Silver: GRE Viktor Mitrou
Bronze: ARM Arsen Melikyan


This event was decimated by doping problems. At the 2000 Europeans, Bulgarians Zlatan Vanev and Plamen Zhelyakov had placed 1-2. Zhelyakov was the 1998 World Champion whil Vanev had won in 1997. However, by the time this event had started three Bulgarians had already tested positive in Sydney and their weightlifting team was expelled. “Food poisoning” then became rampant among former Bulgarians, as two Qataris who had transferred allegiance from Bulgaria, Saelem Nayef Badr, the former Petar Tanev and the 1999 World Champion, and Sulyan Abbas Nader, formerly Andrey Ivanov, both magically came down with stomach issues and had to withdraw.

This left [Zhan Xugang] of China a clear road to his second gold medal, having won the 1996 lightweight class, but he trailed Greece’s [Viktor Mitrou], a former Albanian, after the snatch, and had to equal the clean & jerk world record of 207.5 kg to enable them to tie with 367.5 kg total. Zhan won the gold medal on bodyweight. Mitrou was fourth in this class in 1996 and 2004.

View a Phase of this EventFinal StandingsSnatchClean & Jerk

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Zhan Xugang 26 China CHN Gold 367.5 OR
2 Viktor Mitrou 27 Greece GRE Silver 367.5 OR
3 Arsen Melikyan 24 Armenia ARM Bronze 365.0
4 Sergey Filimonov 25 Kazakhstan KAZ 362.5
5 Ilirjan Suli 24 Albania ALB 355.0
6 Chon Chol-Ho 31 North Korea PRK 352.5
7 Ingo Steinhöfel 33 Germany GER 350.0
8 Dmytro Hnidenko 24 Ukraine UKR 350.0
9 Idalberto Aranda 25 Cuba CUB 350.0
10 Mehmet Yılmaz 26 Turkey TUR 347.5
11 Ruslan Savchenko 29 Ukraine UKR 337.5
12 Oscar Chaplin, III 20 United States USA 335.0
13 Ayhan Cicek 22 Turkey TUR 325.0
14 Damian Brown 30 Australia AUS 320.0
15 Carlos Saurí 26 Puerto Rico PUR 305.0
16 Joseph Bellon 24 Sierra Leone SLE 200.0
AC Mohamed Hossein Barkhah 23 Iran IRI DNF