Weightlifting is the ultimate test of strength, where the athlete attempts a maximum-weight single lift of a barbell loaded with weight plates. Although the success of an athlete is largely dependent on their power, their technique, speed, timing, balance and flexibility are essential too.
There are two Weightlifting techniques: The Snatch and the Clean and Jerk. The Snatch involves lifting the bar directly from the floor above the head in a single movement. The Clean and Jerk is a two-stage movement, lifting the bar from the ground to shoulder height, then lifting it above the head. The athletes have three attempts to perform each technique.
In each weight division, lifters compete in both the Snatch and Clean and Jerk. The combined score from the best Snatch and the best Clean and Jerk for each lifter are added together to determine the final score.
Athletes can lift up to three times their body weight during competition.
The origin of Weightlifting dates back to ancient times in countries such as Greece, where they were seen as the ultimate test of male strength. The first Weightlifting World Championships took place in England in 1891 and it was a part of the first modern Olympic Games of 1896.
The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) is the world’s governing body for the sport. It was founded as the Amateur-Athleten-Weltunion in 1905 in Germany.
At Ashgabat 2017
There will be 16 medal events contested over eight days at the Weightlifting Arena from 18–25 September. The competition includes eight weight categories for both men and women.
56kg, 62kg, 69kg, 77kg, 85kg, 94kg, 105kg, +105kg
48kg, 53kg, 58kg, 63kg, 69kg, 75kg, 90kg, +90kg
The best result in each type of lift (Snatch and Clean and Jerk) is added together to give a total result for each athlete, which in turn determines the rankings in the competition. In the event of a tie, the athlete who reached the total first in accordance with the sequence/order of the competition will be ranked higher. In weightlifting, all weights are measured in kilograms.
- The origin of weightlifting dates back to ancient times in countries such as Greece, where they were seen as the ultimate test of male strength
- The first weightlifting world championships took place in England in 1891
- Athletes can lift up to three times their body weight during competition
- In the men’s competition, the barbell weighs 20kg. In the women’s it weights 15kg
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