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Weightlifting at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Men's Super-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 26, 2000
Date Finished: September 26, 2000
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: IRI Hossein Reza Zadeh
Silver: GER Ronny Weller
Bronze: RUS Andrey Chemerkin


Russia’s Andrey Chemerkin was the defending champion and had won the World Championships in 1997-99, but he was expected to be challenged by German [Ronny Weller], silver medalist at the 1996 Olympics and 1997 Worlds. Also considered was Armenia’s [Ashot Danielyan]. Danielyan opened with a world record snatch of 207.5 kg, only to see it broken first by Weller, with 210.0 kg, and then Iran’s [Hossein Reza Zadeh], who lifted 212.5 kg and took the lead. In the snatch Reza Zadeh lifted 260.0 kg for a world record total of 472.5 kg. The others were forced to attempt bigger weights, with Weller and Danielyan missing at 262.5 kg, and Chemerkin not coming close at 272.5 kg. This gave the gold medal to Reza Zadeh, who would return in 2004 and defend his title.

The bronze medal seemed to belong to Danielyan, but he tested positive for stanozolol (an anabolic steroid) and was disqualified, lifting Chemerkin up to the bronze medal position. Weller won the silver medal, his fourth Olympic medal, including a bronze in 1988 and gold in 1992 in heavyweight II. His four Olympic medals made him only the second weightlifter to accomplish this, after American [Norb Schemansky] (1948-64). This was also later accomplished in 2004 by Greece’s [Pyrros Dimas] and Bulgarian-Croatian [Nikolay Peshalov].

View a Phase of this EventFinal StandingsSnatchClean & Jerk

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Hossein Reza Zadeh 22 Iran IRI Gold 472.5 WR
2 Ronny Weller 31 Germany GER Silver 467.5
3 Andrey Chemerkin 28 Russia RUS Bronze 462.5
4 Jaber Salem 25 Qatar QAT 460.0
5 Kim Tae-Hyeon 31 South Korea KOR 460.0
6 Viktors Ščerbatihs 25 Latvia LAT 452.5
7 Paweł Najdek 27 Poland POL 425.0
8 Tibor Stark 28 Hungary HUN 425.0
9 Hennadiy Krasylnykov 23 Ukraine UKR 420.0
10 Shane Hamman 28 United States USA 420.0
11 Artem Udachyn 20 Ukraine UKR 415.0
12 Igor Khalilov 28 Uzbekistan UZB 410.0
13 Jon Tecedor 24 Spain ESP 395.0
14 Petr Sobotka 25 Czech Republic CZE 392.5
15 Marius Alecu 21 Romania ROU 390.0
16 Valeriane Sarava 22 Georgia GEO 385.0
17 Nigel Avery 33 New Zealand NZL 382.5
18 Anthony Martin 21 Australia AUS 370.0
19 Chris Rae 20 Australia AUS 360.0
20 Alesana Sione 34 American Samoa ASA 357.5
21 Playter Reyes 29 Dominican Republic DOM 352.5
AC Ashot Danielyan 26 Armenia ARM [465.0] DQ
AC Hisaya Yoshimoto 27 Japan JPN DNF
AC Raimonds Bergmanis 34 Latvia LAT DNF