Weightlifting at the Olympics

Weightlifting has been at the Olympic Games in all years except 1900, 1908 and 1912. In the current competition format, each athlete has three attempts for each movement - the 'snatch' and the 'clean and jerk'.

The snatch entails lifting the bar directly from the floor above the head in a single movement. The clean and jerk is a two-stage movement, lifting the bar from the ground to shoulder height, and then lifting it above the head. The best performances in each lift are combined to determine the winners.



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