at the Games of the XXIV Olympiad
|Venue||Olympic Weightlifting Gymnasium|
|Dates||18–29 September 1988|
|Competitors||226 from 62 nations|
| Weightlifting at the|
1988 Summer Olympics
The weightlifting competition at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul consisted of ten weight classes, all for men only.
|52 kg|| Sevdalin Marinov |
| Chun Byung-Kwan |
| He Zhuoqiang |
|56 kg|| Oksen Mirzoyan |
Soviet Union 1
| He Yingqiang |
| Liu Shoubin |
|60 kg|| Naim Süleymanoğlu |
| Stefan Topurov |
| Ye Huanming |
|67.5 kg|| Joachim Kunz |
East Germany 2
| Israel Militosyan |
| Li Jinhe |
|75 kg|| Borislav Gidikov |
| Ingo Steinhöfel |
| Aleksandar Varbanov |
|82.5 kg|| Israil Arsamakov |
| István Messzi |
| Lee Hyung-kun |
|90 kg|| Anatoly Khrapaty |
| Nail Mukhamedyarov |
| Sławomir Zawada |
|100 kg|| Pavel Kuznetsov |
| Nicu Vlad |
| Peter Immesberger |
|110 kg|| Yury Zakharevich |
| József Jacsó |
| Ronny Weller |
|+110 kg|| Aleksandr Kurlovich |
| Manfred Nerlinger |
| Martin Zawieja |
1 Mitko Grablev of Bulgaria originally won the gold medal, but he was disqualified after he tested positive for furosemide.
2 Angel Guenchev of Bulgaria originally won the gold medal, but he was disqualified after he tested positive for furosemide.
3 Andor Szanyi of Hungary originally won the silver medal, but was disqualified after he tested positive for stanozolol.
|1||Soviet Union (URS)||6||2||0||8|
|3||East Germany (GDR)||1||1||1||3|
|7||West Germany (FRG)||0||1||2||3|
|8||South Korea (KOR)||0||1||1||2|
|Totals (10 nations)||10||10||10||30|
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