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Weightlifting at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Featherweight

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Nikaia Olympic Weightlifting Hall, Nikaia
Date Started: August 16, 2004
Date Finished: August 16, 2004
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: CHN Shi Zhiyong
Silver: CHN Le Maosheng
Bronze: VEN Israel José Rubio


The 2003 World Champion was Turkey’s [Halil Mutlu], twice an Olympic Champion in 1996/2000, but he returned to the bantamweight class for the 2004 Olympics, winning that gold medal. This left the favorite’s roles to China’s [Le Maosheng] and [Shi Zhiyong], second and third at the 2003 Worlds behind Mutlu, respectively. Shi put the competition away early, lifting 152.5 kg in the snatch for a 12.5 kg lead over Le. Both lifted 172.5 kg in the clean & jerk, giving Shi the gold medal and Le the silver. The bronze seemed to go to Greece’s [Leonidas Sabanis], the 2000 silver medalist, but he was disqualified after testing positive for testosterone. The bronze medal reverted to [Israel José Rubio], the first Olympic weightlifting medal ever won by a Venezuelan.

View a Phase of this EventFinal StandingsSnatchClean & Jerk

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Shi Zhiyong 24 China CHN Gold 325.0
2 Le Maosheng 26 China CHN Silver 312.5
3 Israel José Rubio 23 Venezuela VEN Bronze 295.0
4 Armen Ghazaryan 22 Armenia ARM 295.0
5 Gustar Junianto 24 Indonesia INA 292.5
6 Samson N'Dicka-Matam 28 France FRA 287.5
7 Ümürbek Bazarbaýew 22 Turkmenistan TKM 287.5
8 Sunarto 29 Indonesia INA 285.0
9 Yang Sheng-Hsiung 21 Chinese Taipei TPE 280.0
10 Manuel Minginfel 25 Federated States of Micronesia FSM 272.5
11 Toshio Imamura 24 Japan JPN 270.0
12 Asif Məlikov 33 Azerbaijan AZE 265.0
13 Gert Trasha 16 Albania ALB 255.0
14 Ioan Florin Veliciu 18 Romania ROU 245.0
15 Yacine Zouaki 24 Morocco MAR 225.0
AC Kamran Panjavi 29 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Sevdalin Minchev 30 Bulgaria BUL DNF
AC Im Yong-Su 24 North Korea PRK DNF
AC Diego Fernando Salazar 23 Colombia COL DNF
AC Leonidas Sabanis 32 Greece GRE [312.5] DQ