| Event type

Heavyweight (≤105 kilograms), Men

Date25 September 2000 — 14:30 (B), 18:30 (A)
LocationSydney Convention Centre, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Sydney, New South Wales (Convention Centre)
Participants21 from 18 countries
FormatTotal of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.

The favorites were the last two World Champions, Denys Hotfrid of the Ukraine (1999) and his teammate, Ihor Razoronov (1998). Razoronov led after the snatch with 192.5 kg, with Hotfrid lifting 190.0 kg, tied with Iran’s Hossein Tavakoli, Qatari Asaad Said Saif, the former Angel Popov (Bulgaria), Russian Yevgeny Chigishev, and Moldovan Alexandru Bratan. Hotfrid then missed all three of his clean & jerks and was out of the competition. Gold eventually went to Tavakoli in a major upset – he had no significant international results previously, other than a victory at the 1999 Asian Games, a relatively minor competition. Said Saif won the bronze medal behind Bulgaria’s Alan Tsagaev.

Bulgaria had already had three of their lifters in Sydney test positive at doping controls, and the weightlifting team was seemingly expelled from the 2000 Olympics. However, Bulgaria paid the International Weightlifting Federation a “fine” (or bribe) of $50,000 and Tsagaev was allowed to compete by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Said Saif was one of eight Bulgarian weightlifters who transferred allegiance to Qatar in 1999 for a reported transfer fee of $1,000,000, with the lifters also paid by the Qataris. Popov/Said Saif was the only Bulqatarian to win a medal in Sydney.

1Hossein TavakoliIRI425.0ORGold
2Alan TsagaevBUL422.5Silver
3Asaad Said SaifQAT420.0Bronze
4Ihor RazoronovUKR420.0
5Yevgeny ChigishevRUS415.0
6Alexandru BratanMDA410.0
7Florin VladROU405.0
8Grzegorz KleszczPOL405.0
9Mariusz JędraPOL390.0
10Boris BurovECU387.5
11Ramūnas VyšniauskasLTU385.0
12Moreno BoerITA365.0
13Tevita Kofe NgaluTGA295.0
ACDenys HotfridUKR190.0DNF
ACYevgeny ShishlyannikovRUS187.5DNF
ACPéter TamtomHUN175.0DNF
ACAbdul Aziz AlpakTUR175.0DNF
ACAnatoly KhrapatyKAZDNF
ACChoi Jong-GeunKORDNF
ACMukhran GogiaGEODNF