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Weightlifting

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THE 15 EVENTS

  • Men: 56kg, 62kg, 69kg, 77kg, 85kg, 94kg, 105kg, +105kg
  • Women: 48kg, 53kg, 58kg, 63kg, 69kg, 75kg, +75kg

THE FORMAT

  • All competitors complete the 2 techniques: the snatch and the clean and jerk. Each athlete is allowed 3 attempts per technique, and the final score is the combined total of the best 2 successful attempts. The athlete with the highest score is the winner.

MILESTONES

1896

Weightlifting features at the first modern Games in Athens. There are only 2 events in a single weight class: the one-hand lift and the two-hand lift.

1928

Olympic weightlifting consists of 3 events: press, snatch and clean and jerk.

1972

The first 2 doping cases in Olympic weightlifting are documented at the Munich Games. After the Olympics, the controversial press technique is dropped from the programme.

1976

At the Montreal Games, 8 weightlifters (including 3 medallists and 2 champions) are disqualified for using banned substances.

1984

5 more weightlifters are disqualified for doping at the Los Angeles Games.

1988

Another 5 cases of doping at the Seoul Games, including 2 Bulgarian gold medallists. The scandal forces Bulgaria to withdraw its weightlifting team from the Games.

1996

The IWF adjusts weight categories for the Games in Atlanta, in an attempt to clean up the sport.

1998

The IWF cancels all world records and restructures its weight classes.

2000

The number of men's categories is reduced from 10 to 8, and women make their Olympic debut with 7 categories.

STARS

Vasily Alekseyev (USSR)

The record breaker. Double Olympic champion in the top weight category at the 1972 and 1976 Games, the Soviet colossus weighed 160 kg and established 80 world records. He also won 22 world titles.

Naim Suleymanoglu (Bulgaria/Turkey)

Standing just 1.49m tall, this Bulgarian-born Turk is considered by many as the greatest weightlifter of all time. The "Pocket Hercules" won 3 Olympic golds in 1988 (60kg), 1992 (60kg), and 1996 (64 kg). He also won 22 world titles and set 46 world records.

Pyrros Dimas (Greece)

This Albanian-born Greek won 3 Olympic titles, in 1992 (82.5kg), 1996 (83kg) and 2000 (85kg), and picked up bronze in 2004. He is also a triple world champion and double European champion.


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