Here is your guide to weightlifting at Tokyo 2020 in 2021, including top athletes, venue information, Games schedule, and more!
Weightlifting at the Olympics has truly evolved.
It has featured at every Olympic Games bar three (1900, 1908, 1912) since the first modern Olympics in Athens in 1896.
But it was not until Sydney 2000 that the women’s competition was introduced.
Weightlifting tests athletes' explosive strength across seven weight classes for both men and women.
Below, we take a look at the athletes expected to light up the Tokyo 2020 programme in 2021, the competition schedule, and more about Olympic Weightlifting.
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Top Olympic weightlifters at Tokyo 2020
The top lists for both the men and women heading to Tokyo are dominated by Asians and Europeans, a possible indication of the top challengers for 2020 Olympic medals.
Rio 2016 gold medallist Lasha Talakhadze, one of the most prolific lifters in the sport is definitely one to watch out for in Tokyo.
The three-time IWF Male Lifter of the Year has set several world records in his career and is considered one of the best super-heavyweight lifters of all-time.
Apart from the Georgian, there is a host of Chinese lifters led by another Olympic champion SHI Zhiyong (73kg) who are in record shape heading to Tokyo.
The clash of the heavyweight lifters sees defending champion Behdad Salimikordasiabi take on world champion Lasha Talakhadze.
There is also four-time world junior champion Clarence Cummings Jr. of the USA who has had a steady progression and is tipped to make the podium.
The other strong Chinese favourites are TIAN Tao, a world champion and silver medallist from Rio in the 96kg, 2016 Olympian CHEN Lijun who leads the 67kg Olympic qualification standings, the powerful clean and jerker LI Fabin in the 61kg, and LI Dayin (81kg).
If they qualify, Fabin and Dayin would be making their debut at the Olympic Games after dominating continental and World Championships.
The remarkable strength in Chinese depth also extends to the women.
Olympic and world champion DENG Wei has been in sensational form as she prepares to compete in the 64kg in Tokyo, where she will come up against Romania’s Loredana Toma, the three-time European champion.
After winning the World and Asian titles in 2019, fast-rising super-heavyweight LI Wenwen, 20, is eyeing her biggest career win in Tokyo.
The talented Chinese pair of ZHANG Wanqiong and LIAO Qiuyun should also have an interesting contest in the 55kg against an experienced field led by Filipino superstar Hidilyn Diaz, the Rio 2016 silver medallist.
Also worth keeping an eye on Lidia Valentin Perez of Spain who will be competing at her fourth Olympics. Valentín aims to add on to her silver, gold, and bronze from the last three editions of the Games.
After solid performances at the last Worlds in Thailand, Americans Katherine Nye and Mattie Rogers have shown their potential to power to the podium of the 71 kg.
Olympic Weightlifting schedule at Tokyo 2020
Weightlifting competition runs from 24 July-4 August 2021, being the same 24th the first medal event.
Check here the complete schedule and all times are in Japan Standard Time (JST).
The 24-year-old became the first American in 25 years to medal at three World championships in a row and leads a new crop of weightlifters tipped to star at Tokyo 2020. "We're kind of creating the path ourselves," Rogers told the Olympic Channel.
Olympic Weightlifting competition format at Tokyo 2020
Athletes compete in the ‘snatch’ and ‘clean and jerk’ rounds.
They have three attempts in each round, with their highest weight successfully lifted in each round totalled.
There are seven weightlifting competition classes each for men and women.
The men’s weight classes are 61kg, 67kg, 73kg, 81kg, 96kg, 109kg and over 109kg, while the women compete in 49kg, 55kg, 59kg, 64kg, 76kg, 87kg and above 87kg.
Naim Suleymanoglu won the Gold medal and set a new world record after an epic rivalry with Greece's Valerios Leonidis in the 64kg category.
Olympic Weightlifting venue at Tokyo 2020
Weightlifting will be hosted at the Tokyo International Forum, a multi-purpose exhibition centre where one of the halls will be repurposed for competition.