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Athletic discipline in the modern Olympic programme

  • Olympic weightlifting is a varient of original Weightlifting. It is a regular part of the Summer Olympic Games.
  • Two competition lifts in order are the Snatch and the Clean and Jerk.
  • The sport is controlled by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF).
  • The sport categories are divided based on body mass of the men and women.
  • Men classes are: 56 kg (123 lb), 62 kg (137 lb), 69 kg (152 lb), 77 kg (170 lb), 85 kg (187 lb), 94 kg (207 lb), 105 kg (231 lb) and over 105 kg;
  • Women classes are: 48 kg (106 lb), 53 kg (117 lb), 58 kg (128 lb), 63 kg (139 lb), 69 kg (152 lb) 75 kg (165 lb) and over 75 kg.
  • The first male world champion was crowned in 1891. Women's competition did not exist
  • In early days, the weightlifters were not categorised by height or weight.
  • The first Olympic Games of 1896 included weightlifting in the Field event.
  • During the 1900 Olympic Games, there was no weightlifting event but was included again in 1904. There was brief interruptions in the regularity since then.
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