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Weightlifting at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Middleweight

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Nikaia Olympic Weightlifting Hall, Nikaia
Date Started: August 19, 2004
Date Finished: August 19, 2004
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: TUR Taner Sağır
Silver: KAZ Sergey Filimonov
Bronze: TUR Reyhan Arabacıoğlu


China’s [Zhan Xugang] had won this event in 2000 and in 1996 was Olympic gold medalist as a lightweight. He competed at Athinai but missed all his snatch attempts and was eliminated. The competition evolved into a battle between Turk [Taner Sağır] and Kazakh [Sergey Filimonov]. They both lifted 172.5 kg in the snatch with Sağır moving ahead with his clean & jerk of 202.5 kg. Filimonov lifted 200.0 kg but then failed on his final attempt with 205.0 kg, giving the gold medal to Sağır.

The bronze went to Russian [Oleg Perepechenov] and remained that way for nine years. However, in 2013, re-testing of the doping samples from Athinai revealed that Perepechenov had taken what was described only as a “funny substance” and he was retroactively disqualified, despite it being outside the 8-year statute of limitations set by WADA. This gave the bronze medal to Turkey’s [Reyhan Arabacıoğlu] who originally had only placed fourth over Greek [Viktor Mitrou] based on lower bodyweight.

View a Phase of this EventFinal StandingsSnatchClean & Jerk

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal K
1 Taner Sağır 19 Turkey TUR Gold 375.0 OR
2 Sergey Filimonov 29 Kazakhstan KAZ Silver 372.5 OR
3 Reyhan Arabacıoğlu 21 Turkey TUR Bronze 360.0
4 Viktor Mitrou 31 Greece GRE 360.0
5 Mohamed Hossein Barkhah 27 Iran IRI 357.5
6 Attila Feri 35 Hungary HUN 355.0
7 Ivan Stoitsov 19 Bulgaria BUL 355.0
8 Nader Sufyan Abbas 28 Qatar QAT 355.0
9 Kim Gwang-Hun 22 South Korea KOR 350.0
10 Sebastian Ioan Dogariu 26 Romania ROU 345.0
11 Octavio Mejías 22 Venezuela VEN 342.5
12 Theoharis Trasha 19 Albania ALB 342.5
13 Ingo Steinhöfel 37 Germany GER 335.0
14 Rudolf Lukáč 34 Slovakia SVK 335.0
15 Mohamed Eshtiwi 19 Libya LBA 335.0
16 Mohamed El-Tantawy 24 Egypt EGY 327.5
17 Carlos Andica 20 Colombia COL 322.5
18 Chad Vaughn 24 United States USA 320.0
19 Rene Hoch 26 Germany GER 312.5
20 Uati Maposua 28 Samoa SAM 280.0
AC Gevorg Aleksanyan 23 Armenia ARM DNF
AC Krzysztof Szramiak 20 Poland POL DNF
AC Zhan Xugang 30 China CHN DNF
AC Vasile Claudiu Hegheduș 25 Romania ROU DNF
AC [3] Oleg Perepechonov 28 Russia RUS [365.0] DQ