| Event type

Middleweight (≤75 kilograms), Men

Date22 September 1988 — 14:00-17:00-21:00
LocationOlympic Weightlifting Gymnasium, Ol-lim-pik Gong-won, Seoul
Participants25 from 20 countries
FormatTotal of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

This was expected to be a competition between two Bulgarians – Borislav Gidikov, the 1987 World Champion, and Aleksander Varbanov, the 1985-86 World Champion and the world record holder. However, Gidikov won easily, with the best lifts in both the snatch and clean & jerk, while Varbanov won the bronze medal, trailing East German Ingo Steinhöfel. Steinhöfel would compete at four more Olympics, 1992-2004, representing re-unified Germany, but never managed another medal. The eighth-place finisher in Seoul was American Tony Urrutia, who had competed at the 1976 Olympics representing his native country, Cuba, before defecting to the United States. He was World Champion in this class in 1977-79 but defected at a tournament in Mexico City in early 1980 and did not compete at Moskva.

1Borislav GidikovBUL375.0ORGold
2Ingo SteinhöfelGDR360.0Silver
3Aleksandar VarbanovBUL357.5Bronze
4Cai YanshuCHN347.51
5Andrei SocaciROU347.52
6Waldemar KosińskiPOL332.5
7Dean WilleyGBR332.5
8Tony UrrutiaUSA327.5
9Angelo MannironiITA325.0
10I Nyoman SudarmaINA320.0
11Ricki ChaplinGBR320.0
12Jaarli PirkkiöFIN317.5
13Khalil IbrahimEGY315.0
14Mats LindqvistSWE315.0
15Şahin MengeTUR312.5
16Kim Byeong-ChanKOR310.0
17Ron LaycockAUS310.0
18Pietro PujiaITA310.0
19Paul HarrisonAUS307.5
20Roger TokenPNG255.0
21Paul HoffmanSWZ197.5
22Benjamin FafaleSOL190.0
ACDavid MainaKEN105.0
ACMa WenzhuCHN150.0
DQKálmán CsengeriHUN[350.0]3