History

The begining of the Clean and Jerk.

Weightlifting is a sport rich in history that spans over three centuries, the 19th, 20th and 21st century. In 1896 weightlifting appeared in the first Olympic Games, however in 1900 it was left out of the Games. In 1920 it was officially made part of the Olympic Games. That same year the IWF (International Weightlifting Federation) was founded. In the very beginning there were no weight divisions and the lifts were one handed and two lifts. There were one handed lifts were with dumbbells and there was nine different lifts that competitors could compete in. In 1928 the one armed lifts were cut from the program and the lifts were the snatch, clean and jerk, and the press. However, the press was short lived and was dropped in 1976 due to controversies about how it should be judged. In the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games women were granted a role in the competition. Olympic Wieghtlifting Resource