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Weightlifting at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Men's Lightweight

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 9, 2016
Date Finished: August 9, 2016
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: CHN Shi Zhiyong
Silver: TUR Daniýar Ismaýilow
Bronze: COL Luís Javier Mosquera


This category was left much more wide open with the recent retirement of China’s [Liao Hui], the 2008 Olympic champion, and twice World champion; and the banning of Russia’s [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 [Daniýar Ismaýilow] 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 Ismaýilow ‘s 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. [Luís 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 Ismaýilow 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 Ismaýilow (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.

Ismaýilow, 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.

View a Phase of this EventFinal StandingsSnatchClean & Jerk

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal Weight BW
1 Shi Zhiyong 22 China CHN Gold 352 68.72
2 Daniýar Ismaýilow 24 Turkey TUR Silver 351 68.59
3 Luís Javier Mosquera 21 Colombia COL Bronze 338 68.54
4 Bredni Roque 28 Mexico MEX 326 68.63
5 Briken Calja 26 Albania ALB 326 68.84
6 Serghei Cechir 25 Moldova MDA 322 68.75
7 Bernardin Matam 26 France FRA 320 68.71
8 Won Jeong-Sik 25 South Korea KOR 320 68.95
9 Triyatno 28 Indonesia INA 317 68.60
10 David Sánchez 22 Spain ESP 317 68.61
11 Tairat Bunsuk 23 Thailand THA 316 68.65
12 Hafifi Bin Mansor Mohd 25 Malaysia MAS 316 68.71
13 Kwon Yong-Gwang 20 North Korea PRK 313 68.36
14 Doston Yokubov 21 Uzbekistan UZB 313 68.95
15 Edwin Mosquera 31 Colombia COL 310 68.69
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
AC Izzat Artykov 22 Kyrgyzstan KGZ [339] [68.68] DQ