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Weightlifting

Weightlifting sees the strongest athletes in the Commonwealth Games compete to raise the biggest possible weights into the air.

Athletes are separated by weight categories and the top athletes can lift three times their own weight.

Tension builds as athletes work their way through increasingly unmanageable weights in this display of super-human strength.

The Commonwealth’s strongest men and women will gather at the NEC to perform their best lifts in the two classic disciplines of snatch, and clean and jerk. With just three attempts in each to make their best lift, the athletes will need to give it their all in order to make the podium in this celebrated test of power, composure and pure brute strength.

Weightlifter Zoe Smith battles to win silver for Team England lifting 115kg. 

Zoe had done this weight before, and after a long journey from getting gold in Glasgow, she fought again and returned home with a silver medal.

You might need to know...

In weightlifting each athlete has three attempts to lift the largest possible weight
Weightlifting competition consists of two separate lifts, the snatch and the clean and jerk and each competitor is allowed a maximum of three attempts at each of the different lifts; if they fail to register a valid lift in one of the categories they are eliminated
The athlete who lifts the heaviest weight wins but if two athletes lift the same weight successfully then the winner will be the athlete with the lightest bodyweight
A good lift is judged by three officials who indicate a good lift with a white light on the scoreboard, the majority decision is carried
The winner of the weightlifting competition at the Commonwealth Games will be the athlete who lifts the biggest total weight across the two lifts

Weightlifting has been a Commonwealth sport since 1950 and now being a core sport, it must be included in each cycle of the Games. 

Team England are currently third on the all time medal table.

At the Gold Coast, Team England won a host of medals in weightlifting, including a gold won by Emily Godley in the women's 75kg.


Team England previous weightlifting medals

Zoe
Smith
Weightlifting
Emily
Godley
Weightlifting
Natalie
Blake
Weightlifting
Jack
Oliver
Weightlifting
Louise
Sugden
Weightlifting
Zoe
Smith
Weightlifting
Sarah
Davies
Weightlifting
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Zoe
Smith
Weightlifting
Ali
Jawad
Weightlifting
Ali
Jawad
Weightlifting
Owen
Boxall
Weightlifting
Zoe
Newson
Weightlifting
Emily
Campbell
Weightlifting
43
Gold
45
Silver
22
Bronze
110
Total

At Birmingham 2022, weightlifting will be held alongside para-powerlifting at the NEC.

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