As a means of measuring strength and power, weightlifting was practised both by ancient Egyptian and Greek societies. It developed as an international sport primarily in the 19th century and is one of the few sports to have featured at the 1896 Games in Athens.

Although men’s weightlifting has always been on the programme of the Olympic Games - except for at the 1900, 1908 and 1912 editions – women started to participate only at the 2000 Games in Sydney.

110 Athletes (55 women and 55 men)

Women / Men / 44 kg, 48 kg, 53 kg, 58 kg, 63 kg, + 63 kg (women); 56 kg, 62 kg, 69 kg, 77 kg, 85 kg, + 85 kg (men)



Each competition consists of two parts: the Snatch and the Clean & Jerk, with generally a ten (10) minute break between the two. Each athlete may take three attempts at individually chosen weights in both the Snatch and the Clean & Jerk, and the best results achieved (in kilograms) are added to a total, which determines the ranking.


Snatch: One of the two types of movements/lifts which constitute the Weightlifting competition. A continuous, swift movement in which the athlete lifts the barbell with both hands from the platform to extended arms' length above the head finishing with an upright body. The Snatch is performed in the first half of the competition.


Clean & Jerk: A two-phase movement, during which the athlete first pulls the barbell with both hands to shoulder height, performing a squat and then standing up (Clean), then jerks the weight overhead in a fast movement finishing with arms fully extended and an upright body (Jerk). The Clean & Jerk is performed in the second half of the competition.

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