| Event type

Featherweight (≤64 kilograms), Men

Date22 July 1996
LocationGeorgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia (Hall E)
Participants36 from 26 countries
FormatTotal of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

Naim Süleymanoğlu was still the favorite, having won the 1988 and 1992 gold medals, and the 1993-95 World Championships, but Greece’s Valerios Leonidas was getting close. At the 1995 Worlds, Leonidas tied Süleymanoğlu on weight lifted, only losing on bodyweight. In Atlanta, Süleymanoğlu took the lead with a snatch of 147.5 kg, Leonidas trailing with 145.0 kg, a lift matched by China’s Xiao Jiangang and Leonidas’ teammate Georgios Tzelilis. In the clean & jerk, Süleymanoğlu and Leonidas moved ahead. Both opened with 180.0 kg, while Süleymanoğlu then lifted a world record 185.0 kg. Leonidas called for 187.5 kg and succeeded, taking the lead, but Süleymanoğlu countered by lifting the same weight to move ahead on total. Leonidas had no choice but to ask for 190.0 kg, 10 kg more than his personal best. He was able to clean it, but could not get it overhead and the gold medal went to Süleymanoğlu, his third consecutive. Xiao and Tzelilis both lifted 322.5 kg, tieing for third, but Xiao won on the bodyweight tiebreaker.

1Naim SüleymanoğluTUR335.0WRGold
2Valerios LeonidisGRE332.5Silver
3Xiao JiangangCHN322.5Bronze
4Georgios TzelilisGRE322.5
5Adrián PopaHUN307.5
6Iliyan IlievBUL305.0
7Mücahit YağcıTUR302.5
8Zoltán KecskésHUN302.5
9Petar PetrovBUL300.0
10Yoshihisa MiyajiJPN297.5
11Umar EdelkhanovRUS295.0
12Eduard DarbinyanARM292.5
13Hwang Hui-YeolKOR292.5
14Liao Hsing-ChouTPE290.0
15Masato TachibanaJPN287.5
16Aleksandr OkhramenkoKAZ287.5
17Vladimir PopovMDA287.5
18Marius CihăreanROU285.0
19Lucian MaxinianuROU285.0
20Gustavo MajauskasARG285.0
21Wojciech NatusiewiczPOL282.5
22Vernon PataoUSA282.5
23Oleg YemKAZ280.0
24Azzedine BasbasALG280.0
25Samson N'Dicka-MatamCMR280.0
26Roger BerrioCOL277.5
27Alexis BatistaPAN272.5
28Jean LavertueCAN270.0
29Fouad BouzenadaALG267.5
30Alfonso GrullartDOM260.0
31Francisco CáceresESA260.0
32Thanh NguyenUSA257.5
33Sandeep KumarIND252.5
34Miodrag KovačićSCG247.5