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Olympic Weightlifting is considered as one of the greatest tests of strength and power, and competitions are the stage on which the sport comes to life. Within this page we will guide you through what to expect from a weightlifting competition.

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The Weigh-In

Before any lifting begins there is a weigh-in to register the actual body weight of all athletes competing. This determines which of the eight weight categories they will be competing in.

The weigh-in is also when athletes announce the first weight they will attempt to lift in both of the Olympic lifting styles – ‘The Snatch’ and ‘The Clean & Jerk’.

Check out our handy table below to see which category you fit in to.

Male categories (From October 1st 2018)

Masters

Senior

Under 23

Under 20

Under 17

Under 15

Under 12

Under 10

55

55

55

55

49

49

45

40

61

61*

61

61

55

55

49

45

67

67*

67

67

61

61

55

49

73

73*

73

73

67

67

61

55

81

81*

81

81

73

73

67

61

89

89

89

89

81

81

73

67

96

96*

96

96

89

89

81

73

102

102

102

102

96

96

89

81

109

109*

109

109

102

102

96

89

109+

109+*

109+

109+

102+

102+

96+

89+

 

Female categories (From October 1st 2018)

Masters

Senior

Under 23

Under 20

Under 17

Under 15

Under 12

Under 10

45

45

45

45

40

40

35

30

49

49*

49

49

45

45

40

35

55

55*

55

55

49

49

45

40

59

59*

59

59

55

55

49

45

64

64*

64

64

59

59

55

49

71

71

71

71

64

64

59

55

76

76*

76

76

71

71

64

59

81

81

81

81

76

76

71

64

87

87*

87

87

81

81

76

71

Categories marked with an asterisk * have been chosen by the IWF to feature at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.  BWL will use all the new categories in every competition unless specifically stated otherwise.

Want to find out more about the Olympic lifting styles? Click here.

Attempting lifts

The athletes will have three attempts to record their highest lift in both the Snatch and the Clean & Jerk. The Snatch is attempted first and the barbell is loaded on the lifting platform in order of progression. This just means that the athlete attempting the lowest weight will lift first.

As attempts are made the athletes have to announce the next weight they will attempt to lift and any increase in weight must be a minimum of 1kg. Athletes have 1 minute to perform the lift, or 2 minutes if they are attempting consecutive lifts.

Once all athletes have had their three attempts at lifting their highest weight in the Snatch there is short break and this process is repeated for the Clean & Jerk. 

Judging

Three referees watch on as the athletes attempt their lifts. Each referee has a control box with two buttons; one is white and the other is red. The white button is pressed when the referees have judged a lift as ‘Good’. The red button is pressed if the referee believes the athlete has committed a fault during the execution of a lift and a ‘No Lift’ decision is made.

A majority judgement is required from the referees to determine whether a lift is ‘Good’ or ‘No Lift’. For example, if two referees press the white button to indicate a ‘Good’ lift and the third presses the red button, the majority will be accepted.

Scoring and who takes Gold?

An athlete’s score is calculated by combining the best successful lifts in the Snatch and the Clean & Jerk. The winner of the competition is the athlete with the highest combined total.

If two lifters are tied, the lifter who achieved the total first wins i.e. the lifter with the lowest clean and jerk weight. If their clean and jerk weights are identical then the lifter that reached the total in the fewest number of lifts will win.

Want to find out more information about how BWL competitions work? Click here to head over to the Resource Centre to access our Competition Rules and Regulations documents.

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