Weightlifting is one of the most popular Olympic sports. There are many different types of weightlifters. Some are strong and powerful, while others have a little more agility and speed than others. But all of them need to lift heavy weights from the ground up to achieve their goals. Weightlifters compete against each other in various events such as clean & jerk, snatch, and total body lifts with a barbell or dumbells. They use the barbell or dumbells as well as any kind of implements they can get their hands on.
The sport is divided into three divisions: Junior, Senior and Masters. Each division consists of several age groups between the ages of 8 and 50 years old.
The competition lasts for two days and involves lifting a certain amount of weight in a specific time period. A lifter may only compete once per year in each division.
There are some rules governing the sport. One of these is the “Clean & Jerk” event.
The Clean & Jerk is a competition where lifters must lift a weight from the floor without letting it touch the ground. If they do so, then they win the match automatically. The lifter who wins this event gets 10 points and if he/she fails to do so, then he/she loses 5 points and his opponent takes away 1 point. Then, after three attempts, the lifter with the most points wins. If there is a tie, then they go to a “clean and press” event, where both of their weights are placed on pedestals above their heads. Whoever can push their opponent’s weight over his head first wins.
The other main event is known as the snatch. This is when the lifter tries to lift the barbell from the ground in one swift motion.
If he doesn’t do it in one motion, then he has to re-lift the weight. If he succeeds, he wins 10 points, but loses 5 if he fails. After three attempts the lifter with the most points wins. If there is a tie, then they go to a “stop-watch” event, where they both get three chances to lift the weight. When ever the lifter gets the weight from the floor to over his head in the quickest time frame, he wins.
The third main event is known as the clean and jerk. In this event, the lifter has three attempts to lift a heavy weight from the ground to over his head.
They get three chances and whoever succeeds first wins. If there is a tie, then they go on to a “stop-watch” event where they both get three chances to lift the weight.
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