Weightlifting Records

There are two weightlifting events at the Olympic Games - the Snatch and the Clean and Jerk.

The Snatch

This event is performed with a single motion lift, raising the weighted bar from the floor to an overhead position. The lifter may catch the barbell in a squat position, then press up to a standing position to finish. The Snatch has been described by some as the fastest movement in Olympic sports.

The Clean and Jerk

clean and jerkThis event is a two-part lift. The first part of the movement, the Clean, is when the bar is raised from the floor to the shoulders. The second part, the jerk, is when the athlete presses the bar overhead with an explosive drive of the legs and hips.

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