| Event type

Super-Heavyweight (>110 kilograms), Men

Date30 July 1980 — 19:00
LocationDvorets sporta Izmaylovo, Moskva
Participants12 from 8 countries
FormatTotal of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

The last two gold medals had been won by Vasily Alekseyev who also won the 1977 World Championships. Alekseyev was injured at the 1978 Worlds and did not compete internationally until he was listed on the Soviet team for the 1980 Olympics. He was expected to be challenged by his teammate Sultan Rakhmanov, the 1979 World Champion. In the snatch, Rakhmanov hoisted an Olympic record 195.0 kg, but Alekseyev failed on all three attempts, and his weightlifting career was over. Rakhmanov also had the best clean & jerk, with 245.0 kg, winning the gold medal by equalling Alekseyev’s Olympic record total of 440.0 kg. The silver went to East Geran Jürgen Heuser, the 1978 World Champion, while the bronze was won by Poland’s Tadeusz Rutkowski, who had also won an Olympic bronze medal in 1976 in the heavyweight class (≤110 kg).

1Sultanbay RakhmanovURS440.0ORGold
2Jürgen HeuserGDR410.0Silver
3Tadeusz RutkowskiPOL407.5Bronze
4Rudolf StrejčekTCH402.5
5Bohuslav BraumTCH397.5
6Francisco MéndezCUB395.0
7Robert SkolimowskiPOL385.0
8Talal NajjarSYR362.5
ACJouko LeppäFIN160.0
DNFMarin ParapanceaROU
DNFGerardo FernándezCUB
DNFVasily AlekseyevURS