| Event type

Bantamweight (≤59 kilograms), Men

Date21 July 1996
LocationGeorgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia (Hall E)
Participants20 from 19 countries
FormatTotal of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

The three favorites were Greek Leonidas Sabanis and Bulgarian Nikolay Peshalov, who had won the last three World Championships, Sabanis in 1995 and Peshalov in 1993-94, and China’s Tang Ningsheng, the world record holder. All three tied with 137.5 kg in the snatch, but Tang won the gold medal with a world record equalling clean & jerk of 170.0 kg. Sabanis won the silver with his jerk of 167.5 kg, while Peshalov missed his first two lifts in the clean & jerk, and had to settle for 165.0 kg on his final attempt, and the bronze medal. Peshalov would win an Olympic gold medal, but as a featherweight and at Sydney in 2000, with Sabanis the silver medalist in that event.

1Tang LingshengCHN307.5WRGold
2Leonidas SabanisGRE305.0Silver
3Nikolay PeshalovBUL302.5Bronze
4Hiroshi IkehataJPN297.5
5William VargasCUB297.5
6Xu DongCHN295.0
7Yurik SarkisyanAUS280.0
8Zoltán FarkasHUN280.0
9Bryan JacobUSA272.5
10Petr StanislavCZE255.0
11Raghavan ChanderasekaranIND252.5
12Viktor SinyakBLR250.0
13César RodríguezPUR242.5
14Nuno AlvesPOR237.5
15Bonayan Al-DosariKSA227.5
16Moustafa BuihamghetMAR210.0
ACJeon Byeong-GwanKORDNF
ACAsif MəlikovAZEDNF
ACMarcus StephenNRUDNF
ACHafız SüleymanoğluTURDNF