Olympic weightlifting was first contested on the video games in 1896, and since then has been a staple since 1920, and this yr’s Tokyo Olympic Video games isn’t any exception. Lately, there are 14 weight lessons, seven for every gender, and athletes should full two lifts: the snatch and the clean and jerk. A competitor will get three probabilities on every raise and their most profitable makes an attempt are recorded and mixed. The lifter with the very best complete will probably be awarded gold, with second and third place receiving silver and bronze.
In Olympic weightlifting competitions, held between July 24 and Aug. 4, 2021, China dominated the scene with seven gold medals, amassing new information in each the female and male divisions. However different information and highlights got here in from everywhere in the world.
Who gained what?
Lu Xiaojun earned legendary standing within the 81-kiogram class, by changing into the oldest Olympic weightlifter ever to earn a gold medal at 37. That makes a complete of three golds for Xiaojun, having beforehand gained in each London and Rio.
China’s Shi Zhiyong smashed his personal world report within the males’s 73-kilogram occasion to assert his second consecutive gold medal. He lifted a mixed complete of 364 kilograms to one-up the 363 that he earned within the 2019 world championships.
Li Wenwen, who’s simply 21 years of age, broke three Olympic information within the ladies’s +87-kilogram class on the highway gold, representing China. Her information have been made within the clear and jerk, the place she lifted 140 kilograms very comfortably, and within the snatch, the place she raised 180 kilograms. This complete rating of 320 secured her third Olympic report.
Crew GB’s Emily Campbell picked up silver in the identical class, making her the primary British athlete ever to win a medal in ladies’s Olympic weightlifting. Crew USA’s Sarah Robles was only one point behind her, taking bronze.
Katherine Nye brought a silver medal back home to the USA from the 76-kilogram group. The inspirational bipolar dysfunction sufferer is keen to unfold the message that folks ought to really feel comfy about discussing psychological well being points, and has given her nation a lift within the course of.
Whereas Wes Kitts, 31, completed with place 8 within the 109-kilogram grouping for Crew USA, he set a new U.S. record of 390 kilograms on this, his Olympic debut. Kitts additionally turned the primary US lifter to compete within the Olympic males’s heavyweight class for 25 years.
Georgian lifter, Lasha Talakhadze set a new world record by snatching 223 kilograms on the best way to his second gold medal within the +109-kilogram class.
The competitors additionally noticed Laurel Hubbard, a transgender athlete from New Zealand make historical past. The 43-year-old turned the first transgender athlete ever to compete on the Olympic Video games, however did not make a mark on the +87-kilogram class when she did not efficiently full a single raise within the ultimate.
See all the official outcomes of the Tokyo Olympic Video games at Olympics.com.