sport since 1896
An ancient sport as old as mankind, embodying the most direct manifestation
of human strength, weightlifting has not only flourished, but also developed
into a modern sporting discipline for the 21st century. The apparent simplicity
of lifting the barbell from the ground and over the head in one or two movements
Fetrie makes an snatch attempt at 152kg in the men's over-105kg class
weightlifting at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne March 23, 2006.
Weightlifting requires a combination of power, speed,
technique, concentration and timing. Super heavyweight lifters normally claim
the title of WorldĄŻs Strongest Man or Woman.
However, kilo per kilo, the lightest weightlifter is often the strongest.
MenĄŻs weightlifting was on the programme of the first modern Olympic Games in
Athens in 1896. Women participated for the first time at the Olympic Games in
Sydney in 2000.
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