London 2012 Guide to…Weightlifting



WEIGHTLIFTING featured at the first modern Games in 1896, but only became a constant from 1920 onwards.

The heaviest weight ever lifted was 263.5kg by Iranian Hossein Rezazadeh in 2004 – that’s the equivalent of two baby elephants!

  • How it works

Two moves must be completed.

The ‘snatch’ requires the bar to be lifted from the floor to above the head in one quick movement.

And the ‘clean and jerk’ is when athletes must bring the bar up to their shoulders, then extend it above the head in a separate movement.

  • Weightlifting in London

260 athletes will be competing in 15 different events – eight for men and seven for women.

The Eastern European countries and China will once again be the nations in and among the medals.

And finally…

Look out for: ecstatic weightlifters. The sport can get you very emotional, so when something is achieved, you’ll see it alright.

Not to be confused with: people trying to get fit.

Useless but informative fact: strongest weightlifters can lift more than three times their body weight.

Weightlifting in two words: Explosive strength.

The weightlifting events take place at the ExCeL, from Saturday 28 July to Tuesday 7 August.