The Strength Sport of Olympic-style weightlifting, or Olympic weightlifting, often simply referred to as weightlifting, is an athletic discipline used in the modern Olympic program in which the athlete attempts a maximum-weight single lift of a barbell loaded with weight plates.
The sport is now made up of two competition lifts. In order, the lifts 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. Bodyweight categories are different for male and female competitors. A lifter who fails to complete at least one successful snatch and one successful clean and jerk also fails to total, and therefore receives an “incomplete” entry for the competition.
The clean and press was once a Weightlifting competition lift but was discontinued due to difficulties in judging proper form. The clean and press are still tested in Strongman and Feats of Strength.
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