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Bantamweight (≤56 kilograms), Men

Date19 July 1976 — 14:30-19:00
LocationAréna Saint-Michel, Montréal, Québec
Participants24 from 19 countries
FormatTotal of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.
Olympic Record (≤56 kg, Biathlon)255.0 / Mohammad Nassiri IRI / 13 October 1968
Olympic Record (≤56 kg, Clean & Jerk)150.0 WR / Mohammad Nassiri IRI / 13 October 1968
Olympic Record (≤56 kg, Military Press)127.5 / Mohammad Nassiri IRI / 28 August 1972
127.5 / Imre Földi HUN / 28 August 1972
Olympic Record (≤56 kg, Snatch)112.5 / Koji Miki JPN / 28 August 1972
Olympic Record (≤56 kg, Triathlon)377.5 WR / Imre Földi HUN / 28 August 1972

The world record holder was Bulgarian Atanas Kirov and he had won the last three World Championships, but he was not chosen for the 1976 Olympics, replaced by Norayr Nurikyan. Nurikyan was gold medalist in 1972 at München as a featherweight and he had competed in that class since 1972, winning medals at the 1973-74 World Championships, although he did not win either year. Nurikyan won the gold medal in Montréal easily, recording the best lift in both the snatch and clean & jerk, and breaking Kirov’s world record with a total of 262.5 kg. Behind him was Poland’s Grzegorz Cziura, who had no significant international record previously. The bronze medal went to Japan’s Kenkichi Ando, who was better known, though barely, having won the class at the 1974 Asian Games. Fifth-place went to Hungarian Imre Földi, the defending gold medalist, who had medalled as a bantamweight in 1964-72, and in Montréal became the first weightlifter to compete at five Olympics.

1Norayr NurikyanBUL262.5WRGold
2Grzegorz CziuraPOL252.5Silver
3Kenkichi AndoJPN250.0Bronze
4Leszek SkorupaPOL250.0
5Imre FöldiHUN245.0
6Bernhard BachfischFRG242.5
7Carlos LastreCUB240.0
8Fazlollah DehkhodaIRI240.0
9Jean-Claude ChavignyFRA235.0
10Feyzollah NasseriIRI232.5
11Muhammad ManzoorPAK225.0
12Serge StresserFRA225.0
13Arturo del RosarioPHI222.5
14Mahmoud MashallEGY217.5
15Edgar TornezGUA215.0
16Paulo de SeneBRA215.0
17Ezequiel SánchezCOL210.0
ACJiro HosotaniJPN100.0
ACImre StefanovicsHUN102.5
ACHan Gyong-SiPRK110.0
ACNaftaly ParralesNCADNF
ACYves CarignanCANDNF
ACKurt PittnerAUTDNF