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Olympic Lifting

We’re going to be focusing on the snatch and the clean-and-jerk this week, so you might as well do a little studying!

Facts: Weightlifting was included in the first modern Olympic games in the 1896 Summer Olympic Games. Women were allowed to participate for the first time in 2000. Initially, Olympic weightlifting was comprised of three disciplines – press, snatch and clean-and-jerk. But in 1972, the press was abolished, leaving the snatch and clean and jerk as the two events for the Olympic competition.

Before declaring weightlifting results, each lifter can have a maximum of three lifts, regardless of whether lifts are successful or not. The lifter who lifted the heaviest weight is declared as winner by a panel of three judges. The competitors are separated into categories according to their body weight. They have to weigh in before the event. (Source: you can also find the current Olympic records for men and women here.)

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