About the Sport

A sport about technique every bit as it is about pure strength, weightlifting was first part of the modern Olympic Movement in the inaugural Games at Athens 1896. 

The two events in 1896 were the one-handed lift and the two-handed lift and they were open to all competitors regardless of their weight. After a break from the Games following Athens, the sport returned to the programme at Antwerp 1920, after which it commenced an unbroken on the schedule.  Women’s weightlifting was added to the programme at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. 

Weightlifting consists of two movements executed in a standard order: first the snatch and then the clean jerk. Each athlete has the right to three attempts for each movement, with the athlete’s best performances in both put together to determine the final placement.


Medal Record

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