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Learn More About Weightlifting

What is the history of weightlifting?

Weightlifting as a competition has existed since the dawn of time as a way to compare strength and ability. Weightlifting was practiced in ancient Egypt and ancient Greek as a way to measure ability. Continuing into the 19th century, it became an international sport and was featured in the 1896 Athens Olympic Games.

In the 1900s, weightlifting became a popular school sport and teams were created in schools across the globe. In the late 1900s, weightlifting became a common recreational exercise practice to help shape and tone the body. Today, weightlifting is recognized as an ideal way to gain muscle, strength, and improve general health and wellbeing.

Weightlifting at the Olympic Games

Weightlifting was introduced in the 1986 Olympics, where Austria, Germany, and France dominated the sport. Since its introduction, weightlifting has been present at 23 of the Olympic Games. In the 1950s, the Soviet Union took over the men’s sport and remained the top competitors until the 1990s, when China, Turkey, Greece, and Iran rose to the lead. Since the start of the women’s weightlifting events in the 2000 Sydney Games, China has remained the most successful. 

What are the current Olympic weightlifting events?

The current Olympic weightlifting events are listed below.


  • +105kg men

  • 105kg men

  • 94kg men

  • 85kg men

  • 77kg men

  • 69kg men

  • 62kg men

  • 56 kg men


  • +75kg women

  • 75kg women

  • 69kg women

  • 63kg women

  • 58kg women

  • 53kg women

  • 48kg women

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