| Event type

Heavyweight (≤105 kilograms), Men

Date15 August 2016 — 15:30 (B) (A)
LocationRiocentro Pavilhão 2, Parque Olímpico da Barra, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Participants17 from 15 countries
FormatTotal of best lifts in snatch and clean & jerk determined placement. Ties broken by lightest bodyweight.
Olympic Record (≤105 kg, Biathlon)436.0 WR / Andrei Aramnau BLR / 18 August 2008
Olympic Record (≤105 kg, Clean & Jerk)236.0 WR / Andrei Aramnau BLR / 18 August 2008
Olympic Record (≤105 kg, Snatch)200.0 WR / Andrei Aramnau BLR / 18 August 2008

After finishing 4th at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Uzbekistan`s Ruslan Nurudinov was enroute to dominating the Olympic cycle prior to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. He won the 2013 World Championships, and captured the silver in 2014, after briefly setting a world record in the clean & jerk (when Ilya Ilyin of Kazahkstan re-set it by three kilograms, and beat him on body weight). When Nurudinov missed the 2015 World Championships with a knee injury, the Kazahk Aleksandr Zaychikov took the World title. With their main rival Ilyin (the four-time World champion, and originally a double Olympic champion from 2008 and 2012), now banned and officially stripped of both his gold medals due to doping infractions, the competition was between Nurudinov and Zaychikov. Also a potential to get on the podium was Armenian Simon Martirosyan, who won the 2014 Youth Olympic Games (in the 85 kg class), and the 2016 World Junior Championships (in the light-superweight, 105+kg, class) with a 412 kg total.

In Rio, Nurudinov and fellow Uzbek lifter Ivan Yefremov were tied at 194 kg after the snatch, but Yefremov’s heaviest clean & jerk topped out at 220 kg for the day. Martirosyan had a chance to move ahead of Nurudinov but failed his last clean & jerk at 234 kg. Nurudinov, age 24, having already secured the gold medal with his second-last clean &jerk, elected to take his third lift to break the existing Olympic record of 236 kg, with a final 237 kg effort and finish with a total of 431 kg winning Uzbekistan’s first Olympic medal in the sport and sending the crowd into a frenzy. Still a teenager, Martirosyan, captured the silver medal to become Armenia’s first medal winner at the Rio Games, and dedicated his medal to the people of Armenia. Zaychikov only made his opening clean & jerk, but it was good enough for the bronze medal.

Kiribati’s David Katoatau, the 2014 Commonwealth Games champion, who finished 14th in Rio, entertained the crowd with dances after each lift, as part of his attempt to bring attention to the threat climate change poses to his homeland, and other low-lying Pacific islands, and was pleading for international support to preserve Kiribati.

PosGroupLifterNOCWeightBodyweightSnatchClean & Jerk
1ARuslan NurudinovUZB431104.96194 (2)237 (1)Gold
2ASimon MartirosyanARM417104.63190 (5)227 (2)Silver
3AAleksandr ZaychikovKAZ416104.51193 (3)223 (4)Bronze
4AYang ZheCHN415104.59190 (4)225 (3)
5AIvan YefremovUZB414104.90194 (1)220 (8)
6AMohammad Reza BarariIRI406104.65186 (6)220 (7)
7AArkadiusz MichalskiPOL400104.77179 (11)221 (5)
8AArtūrs PlēsnieksLAT399103.99181 (8)218 (9)
9BSalwan Jasim Al-AifuriIRQ394103.80180 (9)214 (10)
10BJürgen SpießGER390104.51170 (14)220 (6)
11BSargis MartirosjanAUT389104.19179 (10)210 (11)
12BGaber MohamedEGY377104.98173 (12)204 (13)
13BHernán VieraPER351103.85151 (16)200 (14)
14BDavid KatoatauKIR349104.58145 (17)204 (12)
ACABartłomiej BonkPOL104.07185 (7)– (AC)DNF
ACBMateus GregórioBRA104.47170 (13)– (AC)DNF
ACBGiorgi ChkheidzeGEO104.74170 (15)– (AC)DNF