Olympic Weightlifting at IMGA Master Games

Olympic weightlifting, or Olympic-style weightlifting, often simply referred to as weightlifting, is a sport in which the athlete attempts a maximum-weight single lift of a barbell loaded with weight plates.

The two competition lifts in order are the snatch and the clean and jerk. The snatch is a wide-grip, one-move lift. The clean and jerk is a close-grip, two-move lift. Each weightlifter receives three attempts in each, and the combined total of the highest two successful lifts determines the overall result within a bodyweight category.

In comparison with other strength sports, which test limit strength (with or without lifting aids), weightlifting tests aspects of human ballistic limits (explosive strength); the lifts are therefore executed faster—and with more mobility and a greater range of motion during their execution—than other strength movements.


Age categories

Men & Women: 35+, 40+, 45+, 50+, 55+, 60+, 65+, 70+, 75+, 80+

The age category you will compete in for Weightlifting will be determined as at 31 December of the year of the event. For example, if you are 39 during Games time but have turned 40 by 31 December, you would compete in the 40-44 age category.


Weight Categories

Men: 56kg, 62kg, 69kg, 77kg, 85kg, 94kg, 105kg, 105kg+
Women: 48kg, 53kg, 58kg, 63kg, 69kg, 75kg, 75kg+


Possible events and disciplines

Clean & Jerk

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Past Results

View the WMG Portland 1998 Weightlifting Results
View the WMG Melbourne 2002 Weightlifting Results
View the WMG Edmonton 2005 Weightlifting Results
View the WMG Sydney 2009 Weightlifting Results
View the EMG Lignano 2011 Weightlifting Results
View the WMG Torino 2013 Weightlifting Results
View the EMG Nice 2015 Weightlifting Results
View the WMG Auckland 2017 Weightlifting Results
View the AMG Penang 2018 Weightlifting Results
View the EMG Torino 2019 Weightlifting Results

The IMGA doesn’t allow building new venues and encourages the host cities to use existing facilities to keep the costs lower. Therefore, the following information is subject to changes depending on the venues available.