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Weightlifting at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Men's Heavyweight

Weightlifting at the 2016 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games


Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Riocentro - Pavilion 2, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 15, 2016
Date Finished: August 15, 2016
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: UZB Ruslan Nurudinov
Silver: ARM Simon Martirosyan
Bronze: KAZ Aleksandr Zaychikov


After finishing 4th at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Uzbekistan`s [Ruslan Nurudinov] was enroute to dominating the Olympic cycle prior to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. He won the 2013 World Championships, and captured the silver in 2014, after briefly setting a world record in the clean & jerk (when [Ilya Ilyin] of Kazahkstan re-set it by three kilograms, and beat him on body weight). When Nurudinov missed the 2015 World Championships with a knee injury, the Kazahk [Aleksandr Zaychikov] took the World title. With their main rival Ilyin (the four-time World champion, and originally a double Olympic champion from 2008 and 2012), now banned and officially stripped of both his gold medals due to doping infractions, the competition was between Nurudinov and Zaychikov. Also a potential to get on the podium was Armenian [Simon Martirosyan], who won the 2014 Youth Olympic Games (in the 85 kg class), and the 2016 World Junior Championships (in the light-superweight, 105+kg, class) with a 412 kg total.

In Rio, Nurudinov and fellow Uzbek lifter [Ivan Yefremov] were tied at 194 kg after the snatch, but Yefremov’s heaviest clean & jerk topped out at 220 kg for the day. Martirosyan had a chance to move ahead of Nurudinov but failed his last clean & jerk at 234 kg. Nurudinov, age 24, having already secured the gold medal with his second-last clean &jerk, elected to take his third lift to break the existing Olympic record of 236 kg, with a final 237 kg effort and finish with a total of 431 kg winning Uzbekistan’s first Olympic medal in the sport and sending the crowd into a frenzy. Still a teenager, Martirosyan, captured the silver medal to become Armenia’s first medal winner at the Rio Games, and dedicated his medal to the people of Armenia. Zaychikov only made his opening clean & jerk, but it was good enough for the bronze medal.

Kiribati's [David Katoatau], the 2014 Commonwealth Games champion, who finished 14th in Rio, entertained the crowd with dances after each lift, as part of his attempt to bring attention to the threat climate change poses to his homeland, and other low-lying Pacific islands, and was pleading for international support to preserve Kiribati.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal Weight BW
1 Ruslan Nurudinov 24 Uzbekistan UZB Gold 431 104.96
2 Simon Martirosyan 19 Armenia ARM Silver 417 104.63
3 Aleksandr Zaychikov 23 Kazakhstan KAZ Bronze 416 104.51
4 Yang Zhe 25 China CHN 415 104.59
5 Ivan Yefremov 30 Uzbekistan UZB 414 104.90
6 Mohammad Reza Barari 28 Iran IRI 406 104.65
7 Arkadiusz Michalski 26 Poland POL 400 104.77
8 Artūrs Plēsnieks 24 Latvia LAT 399 103.99
9 Salwan Jasim Abbood 24 Iraq IRQ 394 103.80
10 Jürgen Spieß 32 Germany GER 390 104.51
11 Sargis Martirosjan 29 Austria AUT 389 104.19
12 Gaber Mohamed 30 Egypt EGY 377 104.98
13 Hernán Viera 23 Peru PER 351 103.85
14 David Katoatau 32 Kiribati KIR 349 104.58
AC Bartłomiej Bonk 31 Poland POL 104.07 DNF
AC Mateus Gregório 23 Brazil BRA 104.47 DNF
AC Giorgi Chkheidze 18 Georgia GEO 104.74 DNF