| Event type

Flyweight (≤54 kilograms), Men

Date20 July 1996
LocationGeorgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia (Hall E)
Participants22 from 19 countries
FormatTotal of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

This was the last time this class would be contested at the Olympics, as it was dropped after 1996. The last three World Championships had been won by China’s Zhang Xiangsen (1995), Turkey’s Halil Mutlu (1994), and Bulgaria’s Ivan Ivanov (1993). Mutlu took the lead with a world record snatch of 132.5 kg, and maintained it with an Olympic record 155.0 kg in the clean & jerk to win the gold medal over Zhang. The bronze went to Bulgarian Sevdalin Minchev, who had the second best clean & jerk with 152.5 kg, as Ivanov struggled in the snatch, lifting only 112.5 kg, and finished sixth.

Mutlu was a native Bulgarian, born Huben Hubenov. Like his idol, Naim Süleymanoğlu, Mutlu was in the Muslim minority in Bulgaria, so he emigrated to Turkey to compete for that nation. He would win gold medals again in 2000 and 2004 as a bantamweight.

1Halil MutluTUR287.5ORGold
2Zhang XiangsenCHN280.0Silver
3Sevdalin MinchevBUL277.5Bronze
4Lan ShizhangCHN275.0
5Traian CihăreanROU265.0
6Ivan IvanovBUL257.5
7Go Gwang-GuKOR255.0
8Juan Carlos FernándezCOL255.0
9Wang Shin-YuanTPE250.0
10Toshiyuki NotomiJPN250.0
11Éric BonnelFRA250.0
12Hari SetiawanINA250.0
13Marek GorzelniakPOL245.0
14Viktor YanskyUZB242.5
15Giovanni ScarantinoITA240.0
16Nelson CastroCOL235.0
17Johnny NguyenAUS232.5
18Badathala AdisekharIND230.0
19Vladimirs MorozovsLAT222.5
20Luis MedranoGUA220.0
21Gino Soupprayen PadiattyMRI200.0
NVLTibor KarczagHUN