Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Riocentro - Pavilion 2, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 9, 2016
Date Finished: August 9, 2016
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.
|Bronze:||LuÃs Javier Mosquera|
This category was left much more wide open with the recent retirement of Chinaâs [Liao Hui], the 2008 Olympic champion, and twice World champion; and the banning of Russiaâs [Oleg Chen], the three-time World silver medalist. That left the way for three men to seriously challenge for the podium places. One was the 2015, and reigning, World champion [Shi Zhiyong] of China. Another contender was the 2015 World bronze medalist and 2016 European champion [DaniÃ½ar IsmaÃ½ilow] of Turkey, and [Kim Myong-Hyok] of Korea, fourth at the 2012 Olympic Games, was the third man to be amongst the favourites for a medal. Based on being named the outstanding lifter at the 2016 Pan American Championships, where his total of 336 kg was more than IsmaÃ½ilow âs 333 kg winning lift at the European Championships, [Bredni Roque], a former Cuban, competing for Mexico, was considered a serious outsider with a medal chance.
A lot of lifters were going bold with their starting weights in the snatch, which resulted in [Ketut Ariana] of Indonesia bombing out early. Kim, failed with all his clean and jerk attempts. [LuÃs Javier Mosquera] of Colombia took the lead with three lifters remaining, setting a new personal best at 155 kg, but Shi was on a mission, and IsmaÃ½ilow was not going to make it easy. After a 162 kg snatch, Shi clinched the gold medal with a 190 kg clean & jerk for a 352 kg total, holding off the challenge by IsmaÃ½ilow (formerly of Turkmenistan) who made six good lifts and lost the gold by just one kilo. Shi attempted an Olympic record in the clean & jerk, but was unsuccessful.
With this Olympic win, Shi became an Olympic champion just like the man whose name he was given when he was a teenager. At that time, his coach, two-time Olympic champion [Zhan Xugang], renamed him after the elder [Shi Zhiyong], the 2004 Olympic champion and national hero.
IsmaÃ½ilow, who had finished 13th at the 2012 Olympic Games, took home the silver medal. [Izzat Artykov] who first entered international competition in 2010 in the lightest category (56 kg), and whose strength had improved enormously over the years, won the bronze medal with a 339 kg total. It was the first Olympic weightlifting medal for Kyrgyzstan, but he was subsequently disqualified after testing positive for strychnine. Mosquera was upgraded to bronze.
|3||LuÃs Javier Mosquera||21||Colombia||COL||Bronze||338||68.54|
|8||Won Jeong-Sik||25||South Korea||KOR||320||68.95|
|12||Hafifi Bin Mansor Mohd||25||Malaysia||MAS||316||68.71|
|13||Kwon Yong-Gwang||20||North Korea||PRK||313||68.36|
|16||Mohsen Al-Duhaylib||22||Saudi Arabia||KSA||297||68.96|
|17||Pan Chien-Hung||27||Chinese Taipei||TPE||296||68.79|
|AC||I Ketut Ariana||26||Indonesia||INA||68.75||DNF|
|AC||Karem Ben Hnia||21||Tunisia||TUN||68.87||DNF|
|AC||Kim Myong-Hyok||25||North Korea||PRK||68.87||DNF|