| Event type

Light-Heavyweight (≤82½ kilograms), Men

Date 3 August 1992 — 12:30 (C) (B) (A)
LocationPabellón de la España Industrial, Barcelona
Participants30 from 25 countries
FormatTotal of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.
Olympic Record (≤82½ kg, 1-Hand Clean & Jerk)107.5 WR / Fritz Hünenberger SUI / 23 July 1924
Olympic Record (≤82½ kg, 1-Hand Snatch)87.5 / Charles Rigoulot FRA / 23 July 1924
Olympic Record (≤82½ kg, Biathlon)400.0 WR / Yuri Vardanyan URS / 26 July 1980
Olympic Record (≤82½ kg, Clean & Jerk)222.5 WR / Yuri Vardanyan URS / 26 July 1980
Olympic Record (≤82½ kg, Military Press)172.5 / Leif Jensen NOR / 2 September 1972
Olympic Record (≤82½ kg, Pentathlon)502.5 / Charles Rigoulot FRA / 23 July 1924
Olympic Record (≤82½ kg, Snatch)177.5 WR / Yuri Vardanyan URS / 26 July 1980
Olympic Record (≤82½ kg, Triathlon)507.5 / Leif Jensen NOR / 2 September 1972

The favorite was considered to be Altymurat Orazdurdiyev of the Unified Team, but he was a Turkmenistani athlete, and head coach Vasily Alekseyev, a Russian, favored the Russian lifters, so he replaced Orazdurdiyev with Ibragim Samadov, a Chechnyan Russian, who had won the 1991 World Championships. Samadov had also recently won the 1992 Europeans, in a close contest with Pyrros Dimas of Greece and Poland’s Krzysztof Siemion. Dimas was a native Albanian who competed for that nation at the 1990 European Championships but had emigrated to Greece in 1991 with his brother, and was granted Greek citizenship almost immediately.

The event turned out to be one of the closest in Olympic history. Samadov, Dimas, and Siemion all tied with 370.0 kg, with Siemion moving up with the best clean & jerk of 205.0 kg. Dimas and Siemion both weighed 81.80 kg, while Samadov weighed 81.85 kg, which dropped him back to the bronze medal. In a new weightlifting rule, first used at the 1992 Olympics, the tie between Dimas and Siemion was broken by whichever lifter posted the final total first. This was Dimas, who lifted 202.5 kg in the clean & jerk, before Siemion hoisted his 205.0 kg. Dimas would become one of the greatest lifters ever in the next few years, winning this class again at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics, and winning a bronze medal in 2004.

So the podium seemed set, with Dimas first, Siemion second, and Samadov third, but Samadov was not happy. He was known to be high-strung and a perfectionist and at the medal ceremony, he refused to lean forward to receive the bronze medal. He then took it in his hand and dropped it onto the podium and walked away. The IOC was incensed and disqualified Samadov, leaving the bronze medal position open. He apologized the next day, but the ruling stood, and the International Weightlifting Federation banned him for life.

1Pyrros DimasGRE370.0Gold
2Krzysztof SiemionPOL370.0Silver
4Chon Chol-HoPRK365.01
5Plamen BratoychevBUL365.0
6Lino ElíasCUB365.0
7Marc HusterGER362.5
8José HerediaCUB362.5
9Li YunnanCHN355.0
10Andrzej CofalikPOL350.0
11Cai YanshuCHN350.0
12Saleh KhadimIRQ350.0
13Sunay BulutTUR347.5
14László BarsiHUN345.0
15Dave MorganGBR345.0
16Julio César LunaVEN342.5
17Tony UrrutiaUSA340.0
18István MészárosHUN335.0
19René DurbákTCH330.0
20Andrew CallardGBR325.0
21Stéphane SagederFRA322.5
22Juan CarlosESP320.0
23Ali Reza AzariIRI315.0
24Alphonse Hercule MatamCMR307.5
25Prasert SumpraditTHA297.5
26Sergio LafuenteURU280.0
27Pieter SmithRSA270.0
ACArnold FranquiPUR135.0
ACRyoji IsaokaJPN155.0
ACIbragim SamadovEUN370.0DQ2
ACYeom Dong-CheolKORDNF