Beijing Olympics 2008 Weightlifting

History of Weight Lifting:
  • Weight lifting is one of the most primitive and ancient activities.
  • It achieved recognition as an official international sport in the 19th century.
  • It has been part of Olympic Games since 1896.
  • Weightlifting was not contested at the Olympic Games in 1900, 1908 and 1912.
  • Participants compete in the snatch and the clean and jerk events.
  • Men compete in eight bodyweight categories while women contest in seven.
Equipment for Weight Lifting:
  • Barbell: Steel bar with rubber coated discs.
  • Collar: A metal component that secures the weights in place.
  • Disc: An individual cylindrical weight on the bar.
  • Sleeve: The end parts of the bar where the weights are attached.
  • Referee light system: white or red light buttons for the referees.
  • Main scoreboard: To display information about the competition and progress.
  • Record board: Displays relevant competition records to the public.
  • Multi-video screen: For replays in slow motion to ensure better observation and judgment.
  • Costume/outfit of competitors: one-piece, close-fitting leotard.
  • Weightlifting shoes
  • Weightlifting belt: To support the trunk
  • Bandages: For wrists and knees
Competition Rules for Weight Lifting:

The Rules and Regulations for the Weightlifting events at the Olympic Games will be laid out by:

  1. The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Handbook
  2. Olympic Charter
  • IWF will hold a Technical Congress on August 7, 2008 to finalize entries and allocate athletes and technical officials into groups.
  • All athletes must report at the Olympic Village at the latest 8 (eight) days prior to their own competition.
  • All athletes will undergo an anti-doping test.
Competition Format for Weight Lifting Event:

The lifts conducted are of three types in Weight Lifting Event:

  1. The Snatch
  2. The Clean
  3. The Jerk

  • One or two bodyweight categories will be contested in a single day.
  • The weightlifters will be divided in two groups- A and B.
  • The group allocation will be done on the basis of the player’s highest entry totals.
  • If a bodyweight category is contested in two groups, the results are combined for the final classification.
  • A weigh-in for the lifters will be conducted two hours prior to the competition.
Beijing Olympic 2008 Weight Lifting Events

The following events are included in the program for Beijing Olympics 2008:

  • +105kg Men
  • 105kg Men
  • 56kg Men
  • 62kg Men
  • 69kg Men
  • 77kg Men
  • 85kg Men
  • 94kg Men
  • +75kg Women
  • 48kg Women
  • 53kg Women
  • 58kg Women
  • 63kg Women
  • 69kg Women
  • 75kg Women
Athlete Quota:
  • 170 men
  • 90 women
  • Total of 260 athletes