Olympic Game Details : Weightlifting
History of Weightlifting
People have always been fascinated by strongmen with rippling muscles.
Champions of the Weightlifting
Tommy Kono of the USA set 26 world records, wining two Olympic gold medals (in 1952 and 1956) and single silver medal (1960). Kono remains the only Weightlifter to set world records in different classes.
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'The Pocket Hercules' Naim Suleymanoglu of Turkey began lifting at the age of ten. Only 1.47meters tall, he lifted three times his own weight to win three Olympic gold medals in 1988, 1992 and 1996.
Rules of Weightlifting:
-Both Snatch and Clean-and-jerk are two styles of competitive weightlifting.
-For Snatch, the competitor must pull the barbell directly from the platform to straight above the head in one continuous motion.
-The clean-and-jerk consist of two separate movements. The clean involves pulling the bar from the floor to the shoulders while simultaneously dropping into a squat, then standing upright. Once steady the lifter bends the legs, and then forces the apart while raising the bar vertically. He must then bring his feet together and await the referee's signal.
-The best of three attempts in both the styles are used.
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