Weightlifting: Weightlifting will showcase a test of pure strength – the oldest and most basic form of physical competition. The aim of Weightlifting is simple: to lift more weight than anyone else. The result is pure sporting theatre of the most dramatic kind, and a real spectator favourite.
Field of play
Athletes compete on a platform, which is 4m x 4m and 10cm high.
Archery at Games
Men’s Weightlifting featured at the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, with women’s Weightlifting introduced at Sydney 2000. The heaviest individual weight lifted in Olympic competition was achieved by Hossein Rezazadeh of the Islamic Republic of Iran. In the 2004 Games, Rezazadeh clean-and-jerked 263.5kg – a weight roughly equivalent to five flyweight boxers.
Competitors are divided into 15 weight categories, eight me-n and seven women. The stro-ngest competitors may lift mo-re than three times their body weight. Each event features two types of lift. In the Snatch, the bar is lifted from the floor to above the head in one movement. By contrast, the Clean and Jerk is a two-stage action – the bar is first brought up to the shoulders before being jerked over the head.
Each lifter is allowed three attempts at the Snatch and three the Clean and Jerk. Th-eir best lift is combined to determine their overall resu-lt. If an athlete fails to make a valid lift with any of their three attempts in the snatch, they are eliminated. In a tie, the athlete with the lower bodyweight is the winner. If two athletes lift the same weight and have the same bodyweight, the winner is the one who lifted the weight first
Three referees judge the success of each attempt, indicating with either a red or w-hite light. Loaders are resp-onsible for ensuring that the bar is in the right position and loaded with correct wei-ghts. They must never touch the bar during the lift attempt
No lift : a lift that is judged to be unsuccessful by at least two of the three referees
Press out: an illegal move where the lifter bends the arms while holding the bar overhead, then presses them out to straighten them.
Squat: to drop while bending the legs, with the feet to either side