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Great Britain have a proud history in Olympic Weightlifting with British athletes qualifying for every Summer Games held so far in which the sport has featured.

How to watch Team GB weightlifters live at Tokyo 2020

This year the TV coverage for the Olympics Games has changed in the UK due to a new broadcasting deal between the IOC and Discovery Eurosport who have become the main rights holder. We have created a guide to help you find and watch all the Team GB weightlifting action live from Tokyo 2020.

 How to watch Team GB weightlifters live at Tokyo 2020

Discovery+ (Online)

The best way to watch all the Tokyo 2020 action is via Discovery+ which is showing every session live as well as replays and the Eurosport coverage.

A monthly subscription available for £6.99. For more information and to subscribe click here. Please note that if you are a Sky Q customer you can get discovery+ for 12 months at no extra cost and if you are a Vodafone customer you can get 6 months of Discovery+ at no extra cost.

 You can watch all of the upcoming weightlifting sessions and replays here.

Below are the dates and times for the Team GB weightlifters. Please note these are UK times:

  • Zoe Smith women’s 59kg Group A, 27 Jul 2021, 07:50am
  • Sarah Davies women’s 64kg Group A, 27 Jul 2021, 11:50am
  • Emily Muskett women’s 76kg Group B, 1 Aug 2021, 05:50am
  • Emily Campbell women’s 87kg+ Group A, 2 Aug 2021, 11:50am

Eurosport 1 & 2 (TV and Online)

Some sessions featuring Team GB weightlifters have been selected for live TV coverage on Eurosport 1 & 2.  Below are the scheduled times and digital channel numbers.

  • Zoe Smith women’s 59kg Group A, 27 Jul 2021, 07:50am, Eurosport 1 (Virgin 521, Sky 410)
  • Emily Campbell women’s 87kg+ Group A, 2 Aug 2021, 11:50am, Eurosport 2 (Virgin 522, Sky 411)

Note: A version of the Eurosport Player is available on Amazon Prime for the same price as Discovery+. However, the Amazon Eurosport Player does not feature every session live, or include replays.

BBC (TV and online)

Due to licensing restrictions the BBC are limited to broadcasting only two live events at a time so there is no guarantee that weightlifting will be shown live on BBC 1. However, they will be moving between various sports throughout the day as well as producing daily highlights.  

Lifters selected to represent Great Britain at Tokyo 2020

The British Olympic Association (BOA) has confirmed the selection of three Olympic Weightlifters who will represent Team GB at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. 

Zoe Smith

To read more about Zoe's career highlights please click here

Sarah Davies

To read more about Sarah's career highlights please click here

To read our exclusive interview with Sarah please click here

Emily Campbell

To read more about Emily's career highlights please click here

To read our exclusive interview please click here

Emily Muskett

To read more about Emily's career highlights please click here

Coaches selected to guide Great Britain at Tokyo 2020

Stuart Martin,  Andrew Callard, and Dave Sawyer

To read more about the coaching team please click here


A quick guide to Olympic Weightlifting at Tokyo 2020

The sport concentrates on two very technical lifts; the Snatch and the Clean & Jerk.

The Snatch: A barbell loaded with weight plates is placed horizontally on the platform in from of the lifters legs. It is gripped, palms downwards and pulled in a single movement from the platform to the full extent of both arms above the head, while either splitting or bending the legs. The movement is completed with the lifter moving to a standing position with the bar still held above the head.

The Clean & Jerk: The bar is again placed horizontally in front of the lifter and is gripped with palms facing downward. It is it then pulled in a single movement from the platform to the shoulders while either splitting or bending the legs. The bar is then rested on the lifters chest whereby their legs are straight before performing the jerk. The lifter then bends the legs and extends them as well as the arms, to bring the bar to the full stretch where the arms are vertically extended.

The lowest weight is attempted first, with the bar becoming progressively heavier until every lifter has completed 3 attempts in the Snatch. This is repeated in the Clean & Jerk. The system is known as the ‘rising bar’. Sometimes it means a lifter can make 2 or even all 3 of their attempts back-to-back. Lifters have one minute to lift the weight or two minutes if they are following themselves. If successful the bar is automatically increased by 1kg for that lifter’s next attempt, but they can request more weight in the warm up room. Lifters can submit changes in the first 30 seconds after the timing clock has started for their attempt. Lifters cannot submit changes in the final 30 seconds after the timing clock has started for their own attempt. If an athlete fails to register at least one successful lift in each discipline they are eliminated.

Each lift is judged by three technical officials who are sat at the front of the platform. Each official is required to press a button which will indicate either a ‘good lift’ or ‘no lift’, with the majority decision being carried. Common faults for a no lift include the bar not being under control, an athlete’s foot touching the bar, or a ‘press out’ where the bar is overhead, but the lifters elbows aren’t fully extended or ‘locked out’ in motion and they illegally press the bar out to arm’s length.

An athlete will receive a total when they have recorded at least one successful attempt in both the Snatch and the Clean & Jerk. The total is made by adding the lifters highest successful Snatch and Clean & Jerk attempts together. The lifter with the highest total will win the competition. If two people are tied, then the winner is the person who achieved the total first. The top three lifters will receive medals.

There will be a total of 14 weight classes (7 Men’s & 7 Women’s) at Tokyo 2020. The competitions will take place in the Tokyo International Forum.  Check out the table below to find out when each one is scheduled.



Men's 61kg

25 July

Men's 67kg

25 July

Men's 73kg

28 July

Men's 81kg

31 July

Men's 96kg

31 July

Men's 109kg

3 August

Men's 109+kg

4 August

Women's 49kg

24 July

Women's 55kg

26 July

Women's 59kg

27 July

Women's 64kg

27 July

Women's 76kg

1 August

Women's 87kg

2 August

Women's 87+kg

2 August


The qualification system for weightlifting is very complicated so here is a quick summary.

A country can send a maximum team of 8 lifters (4 men and 4 women). Only one lifter per country can qualify in each bodyweight category.

Each category will contain 14 lifters. This will consist of the top 8 lifters in the world rankings for each bodyweight category alongside the number 1 ranked lifter in each continent (who is not already in the top 8) and either 1 host nation athlete, or 1 tripartite invite athlete.

The rankings are calculated using the dynamic Robi points system which uses a formula based off the world records in each category and allows comparisons to be drawn across different bodyweights.

Lifters are required to have competed in a total of 4 events across three qualifying phrases. This was amended from 6 events due to COVID-19.

The first ran from 1 November 2018 to 30 April 2019, the second from 1 May 2019 to 31 October 2019 and the third from 1 November 2019 until 31 May 2021. Lifting in phase 3 was optional due to COVID-19.

 Lifters have their best two scores from period 1 and 2 added together alongside their two next best scores from period 1, 2 and 3. The final score is used for the Robi Rankings.

Only five British Weightlifters have medalled at the Olympics in Weightlifting, collecting a total of 7 medals between them (One Gold, Three Silvers & Three Bronze).

Launceston Elliot was the first to do so, winning Silver in the two-handed lift, at the first modern Olympic Game at Athens in 1896. The following day he finished first in the One-Handed event, becoming the first British athlete in any sport to win Olympic Gold.

Julien Creus won Bantamweight Silver on home soil for Great Britain in 1948 while his teammate Jim Halliday won Lightweight Bronze.

Louis Martin won Bronze at Rome in 1960 Silver at Tokyo in 1964 competing in the Men’s Middle-Heavyweight category.  The last British weightlifter to medal was David Mercer who won Middle-Heavyweight category Bronze at Los Angeles in 1984 during the Eastern Bloc Boycott.


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