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Weightlifting at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Light-Heavyweight

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Nikaia Olympic Weightlifting Hall, Nikaia
Date Started: August 21, 2004
Date Finished: August 21, 2004
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: GEO Giorgi Asanidze
Silver: BLR Andrey Rybakov
Bronze: GRE Pyrros Dimas


Greece’s [Pyrros Dimas] had won this class at the last three Olympics, but had missed most of the last few years with injuries and surgeries. He returned, attempting to become the first man to win four Olympic weightlifting gold medals, but it was not to be. The early leader was Belarussian [Andrey Rybakov], who was so unheralded that he had lifted in the B group in the afternoon. Lifting that night, gold went to [Georgi Asanidze] of Georgia, the 2001 World Champion and 2002 European Champion. Asanidze lifted 177.5 kg in the snatch, trailing Rybakov’s 180.0 kg, but his clean & jerk of 205.0 kg brought him the title as Rybakov won an unlikely silver.

Dimas held on to win the bronze medal, making him only the fourth weightlifter to win four Olympic medals, after American [Norb Schemansky] (1948-64), German [Ronny Weller] (1988-2000), and Bulgarian/Croatian [Nikolay Peshalov] (1992-2004), who had won his fourth medal earlier in Athinai.

View a Phase of this EventFinal StandingsSnatchClean & Jerk

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Giorgi Asanidze 28 Georgia GEO Gold 382.5
2 Andrey Rybakov 22 Belarus BLR Silver 380.0
3 Pyrros Dimas 32 Greece GRE Bronze 377.5
4 Georgios Markoulas 21 Greece GRE 372.5
5 Yuan Aijun 27 China CHN 372.5
6 Aleksandr Anishchenko 25 Belarus BLR 370.0
7 Tigran V. Martirosyan 21 Armenia ARM 367.5
8 Song Jong-Sik 28 South Korea KOR 360.0
9 Héctor Ballesteros 22 Colombia COL 355.0
10 Oscar Chaplin, III 24 United States USA 350.0
11 Ulan Moldodosov 28 Kyrgyzstan KGZ 342.5
12 Richard Scheer 30 Seychelles SEY 305.0
13 Meamea Thomas 16 Kiribati KIR 292.5
14 Julian McWatt 25 Guyana GUY 272.5
AC Valeriu Calancea 23 Romania ROU [160.0] DNF
AC David Matam 29 France FRA [167.5] DNF
AC Sergo Chakhoyan 34 Australia AUS [175.0] DNF
AC Hamza Abughalia 23 Libya LBA [147.5] DNF
AC Zaur Takhushev 22 Russia RUS DNF
AC Ä°zzet Ä°nce 23 Turkey TUR DNF
AC Chaehoi Fatihou 33 Comoros COM DNF