|Date||18 September 1988 — 17:00-21:00|
|Location||Olympic Weightlifting Gymnasium, Ol-lim-pik Gong-won, Seoul|
|Participants||24 from 18 countries|
|Format||Total of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.|
China’s He Zhouqiang held the world record but Bulgaria’s Sevdalin Marinov had won the last three World Championships and was favored. He opened with a world record snatch of 120.0 kg and won the gold medal, as he also had the best clean & jerk, giving him a world record total of 270.0 kg. Korea’s Jeon Byeong-Gwan won the silver as He Zhouqiang won the bronze only on bodyweight over his teammate Zhang Shoulie.
|12||José Luis Martínez||ESP||225.0|
|13||José Andrés Ibáñez||ESP||222.5|