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Olympics Betting: Weightlifting

Tokyo 2020 | 24 July – 4 August | Multiple Rounds & Events

Olympics Weightlifting History

An ancient sport showcasing strength in its purest form. Although very different from its current form, weightlifting has been part of the Olympic programme since the first modern Games at Athens 1896. Back then, all lifters competed in the same events irrespective of bodyweight.

Categories of bodyweight were implemented at Antwerp 1920, whilst the two set modern lifting techniques of ‘snatch’ and ‘clean and jerk’ were standardised by the time Montreal 1976 came around.

Women’s weightlifting finally became part of the Olympic programme at Sydney 2000.

Weightlifting at Tokyo 2020

At Tokyo 2020, both men and women will compete in seven of the ten new bodyweight categories established by the IWF in 2018.  Here is a full breakdown of the bodyweight categories for men and women.

  • 61kg (Men)
  • 67kg (Men)
  • 73kg (Men)
  • 81kg (Men)
  • 96kg (Men)
  • 109kg (Men)
  • +109kg (Men)
  • 49kg (Women)
  • 55kg (Women)
  • 59kg (Women)
  • 64kg (Women)
  • 76kg (Women)
  • 87kg (Women)
  • +87kg (Women)

Olympic Weightlifting: How it Works

Athletes in the same bodyweight categories compete with one another in who can lift the most weight using two standardised lifting techniques – the ‘Snatch’ and the ‘Clean and Jerk.’

In the Snatch, the barbell must be lifted from floor to above an athlete’s head in one single motion.

The Clean and Jerk involves a two-stage movement where the barbell is bought up to the chest, before being jerked up above the athlete’s head.

A lifter must perform each of these manoevres three times, with the highest weight lifted in each being added together for a score. They must also attempt a lift within a minute of being called to do so. It is increased to two minutes for successive lift attempts.

Olympics Betting: Weightlifting

In terms of Olympics weightlifting betting for medal winners, China and countries that were part of the former Soviet Union have been the most successful. China won four consecutive weightlifting golds between Athens 2004 and Rio 2016 in the men’s 69kg category. Even more impressive, China’s female weightlifters have won 14 out of 35 golds since Sydney 2000.

Essentially, athletes from the above nations have always tended to represent good value for Olympics weightlifting medal betting.

With regards to individuals, Lasha Talakhadze of Georgia looks ominously threatening for Tokyo 2020 following his magnificent performance at Rio 2016. Just 22 at the time, he took the gold in the men’s heaviest weight category (+105kg) with a snatch of 215kg and a clean and jerk of 258kg, combining for a world record lift of 473kg – a gargantuan weightlifting performance, especially for such a young athlete.

For female lifters, Spain’s Lidia Valentin Perez is a popular Olympic bet for achieving a medal. This is based on her successive silver, gold, and bronze medals at Beijing, London and Rio respectively. Once again, she is well fancied to nab another a Tokyo 2020.

See our Olympics Weightlifting betting markets now.