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Weightlifting at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Men's Super-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 16, 2016
Date Finished: August 16, 2016
Format: Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Gold: GEO Lasha Talakhadze
Silver: ARM Gor Minasyan
Bronze: GEO Irak'li Turmanidze


With Russia out of the weightlifting competition at the 2016 Rio Games, one of the favourites for gold, the two-time World and European champion and 2012 Olympic bronze medalist [Ruslan Albegov], was also out.

But this was a deeply talented category anyway, with the defending Olympic champion [Behdad Salimi] of Iran, the 2015 World champion [Lasha Talakhadze] (promoted to 1st place after Russia’s Aleksey Lovchev failed a doping test), [Mart Seim] of Estonia and Armenia’s [Gor Minasyan], the 2015 World silver and bronze medalists respectively.

The lead bounced around in the snatch with Salimi opening at 206 kg, then had a 211 kg snatch. Talakhadze then broke Salimi's snatch world record when he lifted 215 kg, only to have Samili re-set it at 216 kg a minute later, and entered the clean & jerk narrowly in the lead by 1 kg, with Talakhadze right behind him.

Salimi, the Olympic champion was desperately trying to defend his title, but could not complete any of his three attempts on the clean & jerk and bombed out. While he disagreed with the judge’s ruling on his first two attempts, he didn’t have the energy to complete the third.

Talakhadze, who had six good lifts on the day, had a clean & jerk lift of 258 kg, 11 kg more than his second, and it gave him the surprise Olympic title, against what could have been a distracting backdrop.

Security forces were called in after Iranian coaches reacted furiously to Talakhadze’s win over Salimi where he and the head coach of Iran's team, Sajjad Anoushrivani, were yelling, screaming and angrily approaching the jury, claiming there was a conspiracy led by an Iraqi on the jury.

With Talakhadze’s 473 kg total, he surpassed the 472 kg world record mark of Iranian, [Hossein Reza Zadeh], set 16 years ago at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.

Minasyan finished 22 kg behind Talakhadze and won Armenia’s third silver medal of the Games, after wrestler [Migran Arutyunyan], and weightlifter [Simon Martirosyan].

Georgian [Irakli Turmanidze], who was 5th at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, finished with a 448 kg total, for the bronze.

View a Phase of this EventFinal StandingsSnatchClean & Jerk

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal Weight BW
1 Lasha Talakhadze 22 Georgia GEO Gold 473 157.34 WR
2 Gor Minasyan 21 Armenia ARM Silver 451 143.67
3 Irak'li Turmanidze 31 Georgia GEO Bronze 448 135.58
4 Ruben Aleksanyan 26 Armenia ARM 440 151.64
5 Fernando Reis 26 Brazil BRA 435 154.58
6 Rustam Dzhangabayev 22 Uzbekistan UZB 432 145.88
7 Mart Seim 25 Estonia EST 430 149.10
8 Jiří Orság 27 Czech Republic CZE 425 127.27
9 Almir Velagic 34 Germany GER 420 149.17
10 Péter Nagy 30 Hungary HUN 420 158.86
11 Sardorbek Dusmurotov 23 Uzbekistan UZB 411 109.79
12 Aleksey Mzhachik 20 Belarus BLR 411 135.60
13 Walid Bidani 22 Algeria ALG 410 123.46
14 Fernando Salas 28 Ecuador ECU 405 162.50
15 Man Asaad 22 Syria SYR 400 143.42
16 Alexej Prochorow 26 Germany GER 395 138.31
17 Igor Olshanetskyi 30 Israel ISR 372 129.54
18 Ondrej Kružel 27 Slovakia SVK 371 118.64
19 Ihor Shymechko 30 Ukraine UKR 365 129.75
AC Ahmed Mohamed 28 Egypt EGY 143.88 DNF
AC Hojamuhammet Toýçyýew 24 Turkmenistan TKM 144.71 DNF
AC Chen Shih-Chieh 26 Chinese Taipei TPE 151.66 DNF
AC Behdad Salimi 26 Iran IRI 169.79 DNF