Weightlifting

Weightlifting

The Weightlifting competition at the Islamic Solidarity Games will undoubtedly draw a lot of interest across the 5 days of competition for the sport. In Weightlifting here are two types of lifts - the Snatch, which requires speed, balance, and flexibility; and the Clean and Jerk, which demands more power.

Athletes are categorized by weight with eight categories for men and eight for women. Weightlifting will be held at Weightlifting Arena. Weightlifting featured at the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896.

 At modern weightlifting, participants compete in snatch and clean and jerk, and are placed according to their total combined result. From the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, men have competed in eight weight categories and women in seven.

Facts and figures

  • The record of heaviest weight ever lifted in Olympic competition is held by Iranian lifter Hossein Rezazadeh, at the 2004 Games clean-and-jerked an incredible 580 lbs.
  • Weights are color-coded to indicate their weight in competitions: 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.

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