Dates: August 6 – August 16, 2016
Watching a well-muscled body straining under weights that seem impossible
to lift leaves you in awe at the power of the human will.
Weightlifting is a sport that shows more than technical ability. It is a triumph of body and mind that few other sports can so clearly spotlight.
As you watch, you find your own body tensing in sympathy with the
struggle. You share the relief when the weight is conquered... or the disappointment of a failed attempt.
Weightlifting events at the Summer Olympics features two types of lift, the snatch, and the "clean-and-jerk".
In the snatch, the weight is lifted from the floor in one swift movement. The clean and jerk is a two-stage movement in which the bar is lifted to the shoulders before being jerked over the head.
Weights lifted during Olympic competition are separated into various classes ranging from 123 lbs to 231 lbs. and over for men; and from 106 lbs to over 165 lbs for women.
Olympic weightlifting fun facts
The most medals: Pyrros Dimas
• The heaviest weight ever lifted in Olympic competition? That record is held by Iranian lifter Hossein Rezazadeh who at the 2004 Games clean-and-jerked an incredible 580 lbs.
• An Olympic weightlifting great, Turkey's Naim Suleymanoglu weighed only 140 pounds and stood 4 feet, 11 inches tall. He was nicknamed "The Pocket Hercules."
• Greece’s Pyrros Dimas is the athlete with the most Olympic weightlifting medals, with three gold medals and one bronze won between the 1992 and 2004 games.
• The weights used in Olympic competition are color-coded to indicate their weight: red 25 kg/55 lbs; blue 20 kg/44 lbs; yellow 15 kg/33 lbs; green 10 kg/22 lbs; white 5 kg/11 lbs; black 2.5 kg/5.5 lbs; and Silver 1.25 kg/2.75 lbs.
International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) - Expect comprehensive coverage of the Olympics on this site of the international governing organization. This is probably the best information about the rules and technical aspects of the sport available.
Olympic Weighlifting on the Web! O WOW! - And that's exactly what you'll say when you see the information
that is collected on this site. Olympic records and just about any link to weightlifting information anywhere in the world.
USA Weightlifting - The home of the US weightlifting team offers information on everything you need to follow the Games with the US team.
BBC Olympics Weightlifting - Updated reports on weightlifting events with a good history of the sport and a beginner's guide for anyone thinking about really getting involved.