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Weightlifting at the Summer Olympics
Weightlifting pictogram.svg
IOC Discipline CodeWLF
Governing bodyIWF
Events14 (men: 7; women: 7)
Games

Weightlifting has been contested at every Summer Olympic Games since the 1920 Summer Olympics, as well as twice before then. It debuted at the 1896 Summer Olympics, in Athens, Greece, and was also an event at the 1904 Games.

Summary

Games Year Events Best Nation
1 1896 2  Great Britain
2
3 1904 2  United States
4
5
6
7 1920 5  France
8 1924 5  Italy
9 1928 5  Germany
10 1932 5  France
11 1936 5  Egypt
12
13
14 1948 6  United States
15 1952 7  United States
16 1956 7  United States
Games Year Events Best Nation
17 1960 7  Soviet Union
18 1964 7  Soviet Union
19 1968 7  Soviet Union
20 1972 9  Bulgaria
21 1976 9  Soviet Union
22 1980 10  Soviet Union
23 1984 10  China
24 1988 10  Soviet Union
25 1992 10  Unified Team
26 1996 10  Greece
27 2000 15  China
28 2004 15  China
29 2008 15  China
30 2012 15  China
31 2016 15  China
32 2020 14  China

Events

Men's events

In the early Games, all lifters competed in the same events, regardless of their individual body weights.

1896
1904

When the sport returned to the Olympic Games in 1920, the competition was structured as a set of weight classes. The number of classes and weight limits for each class have changed several times, as shown in the following table.

1920–1936 1948 1952–1968 1972–1976 1980–1992 1996 2000–2016 2020
Heavyweight
+82.5 kg
Heavyweight
+90 kg
Super heavyweight
+110 kg
Super heavyweight
+108 kg
Super heavyweight
+105 kg
Super heavyweight
+109 kg
Heavyweight
90–110 kg
Heavyweight
100–110 kg
Heavyweight
99–108 kg
Heavyweight
96–109 kg
Heavyweight
94–105 kg
First-heavyweight
90–100 kg
First-heavyweight
91–99 kg
Middle-heavyweight
85–94 kg
Middle-heavyweight
81–96 kg
Middle-heavyweight
83–91 kg
Middle-heavyweight
82.5–90 kg
Light-heavyweight
77–85 kg
Light-heavyweight
76–83 kg
Light-heavyweight
75–82.5 kg
Middleweight
73–81 kg
Middleweight
69–77 kg
Middleweight
70–76 kg
Middleweight
67.5–75 kg
Lightweight
64–70 kg
Lightweight
67–73 kg
Lightweight
62–69 kg
Lightweight
60–67.5 kg
Featherweight
59–64 kg
Featherweight
61–67 kg
Featherweight
56–62 kg
Featherweight
−60 kg
Featherweight
56–60 kg
Bantamweight
54–59 kg
Bantamweight
−61 kg
Bantamweight
−56 kg
Bantamweight
52–56 kg
Bantamweight
−56 kg
Flyweight
−54 kg
Flyweight
−52 kg
5 6 7 9 10 10 8 7
Weight class 20 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 16 20 Years
Super heavyweight X X X X X X X X X X X X X 13
Heavyweight X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 24
First-heavyweight X X X X X 5
Middle-heavyweight X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 18
Light-heavyweight X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 23
Middleweight X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 24
Lightweight X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 24
Featherweight X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 24
Bantamweight X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 19
Flyweight X X X X X X X 7
Total 5 5 5 5 5 6 7 7 7 7 7 9 9 10 10 10 10 10 8 8 8 8 8 7 181
Lift 96 04 20 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 16 20 Years
One
hand
lifts
One hand lift X 1
All-around dumbbell X 1
Clean and jerk X 1
Snatch X 1
Two
hand
lifts
Two hand lift X X 2
Clean and jerk X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Clean and press X X X X X X
Military press X
Snatch X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Totals Biathlon X X X X X X X X X X X
Triathlon X X X X X X
Mixed totals X 1

Women's events

Women's weightlifting made its Olympic debut at the 2000 Games in Sydney,[1] with seven weight classes.

Weight class 00 04 08 12 16 20 24 Years
+87 kg - - - - - X - 1
87 kg - - - - - X - 1
+81 kg - - - - - - X 1
81 kg - - - - - - X 1
76 kg - - - - - X - 1
+75 kg X X X X X - - 5
75 kg X X X X X - - 5
71 kg - - - - - - X 1
69 kg X X X X X - - 5
64 kg - - - - - X - 1
63 kg X X X X X - - 5
59 kg - - - - - X X 2
58 kg X X X X X - - 5
55 kg - - - - - X - 1
53 kg X X X X X - - 5
49 kg - - - - - X X 2
48 kg X X X X X - - 5
Total 7 7 7 7 7 7 5 47

Medal table

Sources:[2]

As of the 2020 Summer Olympics, last updated: March 2022.

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Soviet Union (URS)3921262
2 China (CHN)3915862
3 United States (USA)16171346
4 Bulgaria (BUL)1217837
5 Iran (IRI)96520
6 France (FRA)93315
7 Turkey (TUR)81211
8 Germany (GER)67720
9 Poland (POL)662234
10 Greece (GRE)65415
11 North Korea (PRK)58518
12 Italy (ITA)55717
13 Egypt (EGY)54514
14 Unified Team (EUN)5409
15 Thailand (THA)52815
16 Russia (RUS)47718
17 Chinese Taipei (TPE)42410
18 South Korea (KOR)36615
19 Austria (AUT)3429
20 Czechoslovakia (TCH)3238
21 Georgia (GEO)3137
22 Hungary (HUN)29920
23 Romania (ROU)26311
24 Colombia (COL)2439
25 Japan (JPN)231015
26 West Germany (FRG)2237
27 Canada (CAN)2215
28 Cuba (CUB)2158
29 Ukraine (UKR)2125
30 Uzbekistan (UZB)2013
31 East Germany (GDR)14611
 Kazakhstan (KAZ)14611
33 Belarus (BLR)1438
 Great Britain (GBR)1438
35 Estonia (EST)1337
36 Belgium (BEL)1214
37 Denmark (DEN)1203
38 Australia (AUS)1124
39 Spain (ESP)1113
40 Ecuador (ECU)1102
 Philippines (PHI)1102
42 Mexico (MEX)1034
43 Finland (FIN)1023
44 Croatia (CRO)1012
 Qatar (QAT)1012
46 Norway (NOR)1001
47 Indonesia (INA)07815
48 Armenia (ARM)0426
49 Switzerland (SUI)0224
50 Venezuela (VEN)0213
51 Latvia (LAT)0123
 Trinidad and Tobago (TRI)0123
53 Argentina (ARG)0112
 Dominican Republic (DOM)0112
 India (IND)0112
 Nigeria (NGR)0112
 Vietnam (VIE)0112
58 Lebanon (LIB)0101
 Luxembourg (LUX)0101
 Samoa (SAM)0101
 Singapore (SIN)0101
 Turkmenistan (TKM)0101
63 Sweden (SWE)0044
64 Netherlands (NED)0033
65 Cameroon (CMR)0011
 Iraq (IRQ)0011
 Lithuania (LTU)0011
 Syria (SYR)0011
Totals (68 nations)229225226680

Nations

Nation 96 00 04 08 12 20 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 16 20 Years
 Albania (ALB)       1 3 1 1 2 3 4 2 2 9
 Algeria (ALG)       3 2 2 2 3 1 2 1 1 2 1 11
 American Samoa (ASA)       2 1 1 1 1 1 1 7
 Argentina (ARG)       3 3 1 8 5 2 2 1 2 3 2 2 1 1 14
 Armenia (ARM)       10 4 4 6 6 7 2 7
 Aruba (ARU)       1 1 1 3
 Australia (AUS)       2 3 7 7 7 2 3 3 5 4 4 4 7 12 2 2 2 2 5 19
 Austria (AUT)       15 10 2 10 6 4 2 4 3 1 6 5 3 6 1 1 1 2 18
 Azerbaijan (AZE)       2 4 5 5 6 5
 Barbados (BAR)       1 1 2
 Belarus (BLR)       9 5 8 10 8 8 2 7
 Belgium (BEL)       7 8 8 3 2 1 2 1 2 1 1 3 2 1 1 1 2 17
 Belize (BIZ)       1 1
 Bolivia (BOL)       1 1 1 3
 Botswana (BOT)       1 1
 Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH)       1 1
 Brazil (BRA)       3 2 1 1 2 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 5 2 15
 British West Indies (BWI)       1 1
 Bulgaria (BUL)       3 7 5 5 9 9 10 6 10 10 9 9 2 2 14
 Cameroon (CMR)       2 1 1 2 1 2 2 7
 Canada (CAN)       5 5 3 3 3 4 4 4 7 3 2 2 2 2 5 3 2 17
 Chile (CHI)       1 1 2 2 4
 China (CHN)       10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 9
 Chinese Taipei (TPE)       4 7 1 4 4 7 5 4 7 9
 Colombia (COL)       2 3 2 2 5 3 4 5 3 9 10 8 9 13
 Comoros (COM)       1 1
 Cook Islands (COK)       2 1 1 1 1 1 1 7
 Costa Rica (CRC)       3 1 2
 Croatia (CRO)       1 1 1 3
 Cuba (CUB)       3 1 1 1 5 6 9 9 8 5 5 2 6 4 2 15
 Cyprus (CYP)       1 1 2
 Czech Republic (CZE)       2 1 1 1 1 1 6
 Czechoslovakia (TCH)       2 6 7 2 6 4 1 3 2 1 3 7 10 5 5 15
 Denmark (DEN) 1       5 1 1 4 3 3 1 1 1 2 2 12
 Dominican Republic (DOM)       2 1 2 1 4 1 1 2 1 1 2 3 12
 East Germany (GDR)       3 8 7 9 4 5
 Ecuador (ECU)       1 3 1 2 2 4 3 7
 Egypt (EGY)       1 1 2 8 8 6 7 5 3 2 10 5 5 1 2 5 5 8 9 18
 El Salvador (ESA)       2 1 1 1 1 1 1 7
 Estonia (EST)       3 8 4 4 1 5
 Fiji (FIJ)       1 1 1 1 2 2 6
 Finland (FIN)       1 4 7 1 2 4 5 9 5 7 5 4 4 2 1 1 1 2 18
 France (FRA)       10 14 10 5 8 9 5 3 6 2 5 3 8 4 2 4 6 2 3 5 4 4 5 23
 Georgia (GEO)       1 3 2 3 3 4 6
 Germany (GER) 1   1     10 4 10 5 10 10 5 4 5 5 5 13
 Ghana (GHA)       1 1 2
 Great Britain (GBR) 1       2 10 5 5 10 5 5 7 5 7 9 8 10 10 10 6 1 1 2 1 5 2 23
 Greece (GRE) 3   1     1 1 2 4 4 5 9 4 5 10 8 10 4 1 1 17
 Guam (GUM)       2 1 1 3
 Guatemala (GUA)       1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 11
 Guyana (GUY)       2 1 2 1 1 1 6
 Haiti (HAI)       1 1 2
 Honduras (HON)       1 1 1 3
 Hong Kong (HKG)       1 1
 Hungary (HUN) 1       2 3 2 5 7 7 9 9 10 10 10 7 7 7 1 1 1 18
 Iceland (ISL)       1 2 1 3 4
 India (IND)       1 2 2 3 1 2 1 1 1 2 4 2 3 5 3 3 2 2 1 18
 Independent Olympic Athletes (IOA)       1 1
 Indonesia (INA)       1 1 2 3 1 1 3 5 4 1 3 6 5 6 7 15
 Iran (IRI)       5 7 7 5 5 4 3 7 5 6 6 3 6 5 14
 Iraq (IRQ)       5 7 1 5 2 5 1 1 1 1 10
 Ireland (IRL)       2 1 2
 Israel (ISR)       2 3 1 1 3 1 1 7
 Italy (ITA)       5 15 6 4 4 1 6 4 7 2 3 6 1 3 3 6 3 2 4 4 1 2 22
 Jamaica (JAM)       2 1 1 3
 Japan (JPN)       1 5 7 7 7 9 9 9 10 10 7 8 4 6 5 7 16
 Kazakhstan (KAZ)       7 6 3 8 8 8 6
 Kenya (KEN)       1 4 1 1 1 1 6
 Kiribati (KIR)       1 1 1 1 4
 Kuwait (KUW)       1 1 2
 Kyrgyzstan (KGZ)       2 1 1 1 2 5
 Latvia (LAT)       4 1 2 5 3 1 1 1 2 9
 Lebanon (LIB)       1 2 1 1 2 1 3 1 1 9
 Libya (LBA)       2 2 1 2 4
 Lithuania (LTU)       1 1 1 1 1 1 1 7
 Luxembourg (LUX)       3 4 3 2 2 5
 Madagascar (MAD)       1 1 1 3
 Malaysia (MAL)       3 2 2
 Malaysia (MAS)       6 2 1 1 1 5
 Malta (MLT)       1 1
 Marshall Islands (MHL)       1 1
 Mauritius (MRI)       1 2 1 1 1 1 6
 Mexico (MEX)       3 2 1 1 1 3 2 1 3 1 1 1 2 2 4 15
 Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)       1 1 1 1 4
 Moldova (MDA)       5 3 3 5 2 2 6
 Monaco (MON)       1 1 2
 Mongolia (MGL)       4 3 2 1 1 2 6
 Morocco (MAR)       4 2 1 1 1 2 6
 Myanmar (MYA)       1 2 3 2 3 1 1 3 1 9
 Nauru (NRU)       3 2 3 1 1 1 6
 Nepal (NEP)       2 2 1 1 1 5
 Netherlands (NED)       5 3 10 2 2 1 6
 Netherlands Antilles (AHO)       5 3 2 1 4
 New Zealand (NZL)       1 1 1 1 1 2 3 3 3 1 2 2 1 2 14
 Nicaragua (NCA)       1 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 8
 Nigeria (NGR)       2 6 4 1 1 5 2 3 2 1 10
 North Korea (PRK)       1 3 5 10 2 4 4 7 8 8 10
 Norway (NOR)       3 1 1 4 2 1 1 1 8
 Pakistan (PAK)       2 1 3 2 1 1 2 7
 Palau (PLW)       1 1 2
 Panama (PAN)       1 1 1 2 2 2 3 2 1 1 1 11
 Papua New Guinea (PNG)       2 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 8
 Peru (PER)       3 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 9
 Philippines (PHI)       1 2 2 2 1 3 3 2 3 1 1 2 12
 Poland (POL)       4 5 7 7 7 9 9 10 7 9 5 9 7 10 9 5 16
 Portugal (POR)       1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 9
 Puerto Rico (PUR)       3 2 4 6 6 2 1 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 14
 Qatar (QAT)       2 2 1 3
 Republic of China (ROC)       3 3 2 7 5 1 6
 Romania (ROU)       4 2 2 2 1 10 10 4 6 5 5 7 5 4 4 15
 Russia (RUS)       9 9 9 10 10 5
 Samoa (SAM)       2 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 9
 San Marino (SMR)       1 1 2
 Saudi Arabia (KSA)       1 4 1 1 4
 Serbia (SRB)       1 1
 Serbia and Montenegro (SCG)       1 1
 Seychelles (SEY)       1 1 1 1 1 5
 Sierra Leone (SLE)       1 1 2
 Singapore (SIN)       3 3 1 2 1 1 6
 Slovakia (SVK)       3 1 3 1 1 1 6
 Solomon Islands (SOL)       1 1 1 1 1 1 1 7
 South Africa (RSA)       2 4 3 3 1 1 1 7
 South Korea (KOR)       8 4 6 7 7 6 1 9 10 10 7 8 8 9 10 7 16
 Soviet Union (URS)       7 7 6 7 7 9 9 10 9 9
 Spain (ESP)       2 1 1 4 6 6 1 3 2 2 2 4 12
 Sri Lanka (SRI)       1 1 1 1 4
 Sudan (SUD)       2 1 1 3
 Swaziland (SWZ)       1 2 2
 Sweden (SWE)       6 5 2 2 4 7 1 1 3 2 2 5 6 6 3 5 2 1 1 19
 Switzerland (SUI)       2 9 10 5 3 4 3 1 1 1 1 11
 Syria (SYR)       4 2 1 1 1 2 1 7
 Tajikistan (TJK)       1 1
 Thailand (THA)       4 2 1 1 1 1 5 5 7 7 9 11
 Tonga (TGA)       1 1 1 1 4
 Trinidad and Tobago (TRI)       1 2 2 2 1 5
 Tunisia (TUN)       2 1 1 2 2 2 2 7
 Turkey (TUR)       1 1 1 2 2 4 5 6 9 7 9 6 9 4 14
 Turkmenistan (TKM)       1 1 2 3 2 5
 Tuvalu (TUV)       1 1 2
 Uganda (UGA)       2 2 1 1 1 5
 Ukraine (UKR)       7 10 9 9 9 8 6
 Unified Team (EUN)       10 1
 United Team of Germany (EUA)       2 7 6 3
 United Arab Emirates (UAE)       1 1 2
 United States (USA)       10 10 12 7 7 7 7 7 9 9 10 10 10 10 6 5 6 3 4 20
 Uruguay (URU)       1 1 1 1 4
 Uzbekistan (UZB)       5 2 3 2 6 5 6
 Venezuela (VEN)       2 1 1 3 1 2 3 7 3 4 10
 Vietnam (VIE)       1 2 2 4 4
 Virgin Islands (ISV)       1 1
 West Germany (FRG)       5 7 6 6 7 5
 Yugoslavia (YUG)       2 2 2
 Zimbabwe (ZIM)       1 1
No. of nations 5 3 14 16 19 8 15 30 41 34 53 42 55 54 46 39 48 62 69 77 76 79 84 84 94 148
No. of athletes 7 5 53 107 95 29 80 120 142 105 172 149 160 188 173 172 186 226 244 243 246 249 253 259 260 2710
Year 96 00 04 08 12 20 24 28 32 36 48 52 56 60 64 68 72 76 80 84 88 92 96 00 04 08 12 16 20

Multiple medalists

The table shows those who have won at least 2 gold medals. Boldface denotes active weightlifters and highest medal count among all weightlifters (including these who not included in these tables) per type.

Rank Weightlifter Country Gender Weights From To Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Pyrros Dimas  Greece M 82.5 kg / 83 kg / 85 kg 1992 2004 3 1 4
2 Lü Xiaojun  China M 77 kg / 81 kg 2012 2020 3 - 3
Akakios Kakiasvilis
(Kakhi Kakhiashvili)
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 Unified Team
 Greece
M 90 kg / 99 kg / 94 kg 1992 2000 3 3
Halil Mutlu  Turkey M 54 kg / 56 kg 1996 2004 3 3
Naim Süleymanoğlu  Turkey M 60 kg / 64 kg 1988 1996 3 3
6 Louis Hostin  France M 82.5 kg 1928 1936 2 1 3
Tommy Kono  United States M 67.5 kg / 75 kg / 82.5 kg 1952 1960 2 1 3
Yoshinobu Miyake  Japan M 56 kg / 60 kg 1960 1968 2 1 3
9 Arkady Vorobyov  Soviet Union M 82.5 kg / 90 kg 1952 1960 2 1 3
10 Vasily Alekseyev  Soviet Union M +110 kg 1972 1976 2 2
Waldemar Baszanowski  Poland M 67.5 kg 1964 1968 2 2
Chen Yanqing  China F 58 kg 2004 2008 2 2
John Davis  United States M +82.5 kg / +90 kg 1948 1952 2 2
Hsu Shu-ching  Chinese Taipei F 53 kg 2012 2016 2 2
Aleksandr Kurlovich  Soviet Union
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 Unified Team
M +110 kg 1988 1992 2 2
Long Qingquan  China M 56 kg 2008 2016 2 2
Norair Nurikyan  Bulgaria M 56 kg / 60 kg 1972 1976 2 2
Hossein Rezazadeh  Iran M +105 kg 2000 2004 2 2
Shi Zhiyong  China M 69 kg / 73 kg 2016 2020 2 2
Lasha Talakhadze  Georgia M +105 kg / +109 kg 2016 2020 2 2
Charles Vinci  United States M 56 kg 1956 1960 2 2
Leonid Zhabotinsky  Soviet Union M +90 kg 1964 1968 2 2
Zhan Xugang  China M 70 kg / 77 kg 1996 2000 2 2
Rim Jong-Sim  North Korea F 69 kg / 75 kg 2012 2016 2 2

See also

References

  1. ^ "Ola Rio 2016".
  2. ^ "Olympic Analytics - Medals by Countries". olympanalyt.com. Retrieved 2022-01-31.