Body size and compsition Weightlifters in lower weight categories create a fine balance between fat levels and muscle mass. Being short in statue with short arms can be an advantage for some lifters.
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Anthropometry and Olympic Athletes
London 2012 Olympic Games
Here is some information from the analysis of the anthropometric data (height, weight and age) from the weight lifting participants at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The weight lifters are shorter though heavier than the average Olympian. The shortest of all Olympic athletes in 2012 was a 21-year-old Tuvaluan weight lifter Lapua Lapua, standing only 1.40m tall.
|Sport||Age||Height (cm)||Weight (kg)||BMI|
|OVERALL AVERAGE (all sports)||26.1||176.9||72.8||23.3|
|Weight lifting (all)||24.6||166.6||77.2||27.3|
|Weight lifting (females)||24.4||159.9||63.8||24.8|
|Weight lifting (males)||24.8||171.2||86.4||29.1|
Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Here is average data from the analysis of the anthropometric data of the weight lifting participants at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
|Age (years)||height (m)||weight (kg)||BMI|
|AVERAGE (all sports)||26.8||1.77||72.0||22.9|
|Weight lifting (all)||25.3||1.67||80.0||28.2|
|Weight lifting (females)||24.6||1.60||68.8||26.4|
|Weight lifting (males)||25.8||1.71||87.5||29.3|
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