at the Games of the XXXII Olympiad
VenueTokyo International Forum
Dates24 July – 4 August 2021
No. of events14
Competitors196 from 74 nations
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The weightlifting competition at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo took place from 24 July to 4 August 2021 at the Tokyo International Forum.

Competition schedule

Date Jul 24 Jul 25 Jul 26 Jul 27 Jul 28 Jul 29 Jul 30 July 31 Aug 1 Aug 2 Aug 3 Aug 4
Men's 61kg F
Men's 67kg F
Men's 73kg F
Men's 81kg F
Men's 96kg F
Men's 109kg F
Men's 109+kg F
Women's 49kg F
Women's 55kg F
Women's 59kg F
Women's 64kg F
Women's 76kg F
Women's 87kg F
Women's 87+kg F


Main article: Weightlifting at the 2020 Summer Olympics – Qualification

The number of weightlifters at these Games was reduced to 196, down from 260 in the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Furthermore, many countries had reduced squads, and four were excluded from weightlifting at these Games due to punishments given as a result of high numbers of historic doping offenses.


The total gold medal count was reduced from 15 to 14, with one men's event being eliminated.

In July 2018, IWF announced new official weight categories.[3]

Participating nations


Medal table

  *   Host nation (Japan)

1 China7108
2 Ecuador1102
3 Chinese Taipei1012
5 Canada1001
9 Venezuela0202
10 Indonesia0123
12 Dominican Republic0112
 United States0112
14 Armenia0101
 Great Britain0101
20 Kazakhstan0022
21 Japan*0011
Totals (24 entries)14141442


Event Gold Silver Bronze
61 kg
Li Fabin
313 kg OR Eko Yuli Irawan
302 kg Igor Son
294 kg
67 kg
Chen Lijun
332 kg OR Luis Javier Mosquera
331 kg Mirko Zanni
322 kg
73 kg
Shi Zhiyong
364 kg WR Julio Mayora
346 kg Rahmat Erwin Abdullah
342 kg
81 kg
Lü Xiaojun
374 kg OR Zacarías Bonnat
 Dominican Republic
367 kg Antonino Pizzolato
365 kg
96 kg
Fares Ibrahim
402 kg OR Keydomar Vallenilla
387 kg Anton Pliesnoi
387 kg
109 kg
Akbar Djuraev
430 kg OR Simon Martirosyan
423 kg Artūrs Plēsnieks
410 kg
109+ kg
Lasha Talakhadze
488 kg WR Ali Davoudi
441 kg Man Asaad
424 kg


During the women's +87 competition, Laurel Hubbard made history by becoming the first transgender woman to compete in the Olympics.[4]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
49 kg
Hou Zhihui
210 kg OR Saikhom Mirabai Chanu
202 kg Windy Cantika Aisah
194 kg
55 kg
Hidilyn Diaz
224 kg OR Liao Qiuyun
223 kg Zulfiya Chinshanlo
213 kg
59 kg
Kuo Hsing-chun
 Chinese Taipei
236 kg OR Polina Guryeva
217 kg Mikiko Ando
214 kg
64 kg
Maude Charron
236 kg Giorgia Bordignon
232 kg Chen Wen-huei
 Chinese Taipei
230 kg
76 kg
Neisi Dajomes
263 kg Katherine Nye
 United States
249 kg Aremi Fuentes
245 kg
87 kg
Wang Zhouyu
270 kg Tamara Salazar
263 kg Crismery Santana
 Dominican Republic
256 kg
87+ kg
Li Wenwen
320 kg OR Emily Campbell
 Great Britain
283 kg Sarah Robles
 United States
282 kg


Doping in weightlifting was highlighted during the Games due to historic problems in the sport.[5][6] Due to corruption,[7] failed reforms of the International Weightlifting Federation,[8] and doping problems, the IOC is threatening to drop weightlifting entirely from the Olympics unless substantial reforms are made to the sport.[9]

Laurel Hubbard became the first openly transgender woman to compete in the Olympics. Her participation in the women’s heavyweight class sparked controversy over whether natal males have biological advantages in female sport.[10][11][12][13]

See also


  1. ^ "Weightlifting Competition Schedule". Tokyo 2020. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Schedule - Weightlifting Tokyo 2020 Olympics". Olympian Database. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Bodyweight categories unanimously accepted as IWF confirms plans to hold 2020 World Championships for non-Olympic divisions". www.insidethegames.biz. 2018-07-06. Retrieved 2021-08-06.
  4. ^ "Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard will be first trans athlete to compete at Olympics". The Guardian. 20 June 2021. Archived from the original on 2 August 2021. Retrieved 2 August 2021.
  5. ^ Fujita, Junko (2021-08-08). "Olympics-Weightlifting-Tokyo 2020 marked by firsts, but recent scandals cloud outlook". Reuters. Retrieved 2021-08-08.
  6. ^ "IOC concerned by 'very serious' doping allegations in weightlifting". The Guardian. 6 January 2020. Retrieved 2021-08-08.
  7. ^ "IOC concerned by 'very serious' doping allegations in weightlifting". The Guardian. 2020-01-06. Retrieved 2021-08-08.
  8. ^ Georgiev, Ognian; Belson, Ken (2021-07-28). "Weight Lifting, an Original Olympic Sport, May Be Dropped". The New York Times. Retrieved 2021-08-08.
  9. ^ "IOC gives itself more power to remove sports from Olympics". The Washington Post. 2021-08-08. Retrieved 2021-08-08.
  10. ^ Panja, Tariq; Belson, Ken (2021-07-31). "Olympics' First Openly Transgender Woman Stokes Debate on Fairness". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2023-02-02.
  11. ^ "Transgender weightlifter's award generates massive controversy". au.sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2023-02-02.
  12. ^ "End of Laurel Hubbard's Olympic dream but controversy around her will remain". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2023-02-02.
  13. ^ Wamsley, Laurel (June 21, 2021). "New Zealand Weightlifter Will Be The First Openly Trans Competitor At The Olympics".