Olympic Weightlifting World Records Featured

The 2016 Rio Olympics are behind us, and that means more new weightlifting world records. As with every Olympic cycle, lifters have taken their shot for record-breaking performances.

We’ve put together an infographic with the current weightlifting world records, broken down by weight class and accurate as of late August 2016. Check it out below.

Note that these are the current world records in Olympic weightlifting, not just the Olympic records (aka records set at Olympic Games).

Olympic Weightlifting World Records
Olympic Weightlifting World Records

Any records surprise you? Let’s take a closer look at a few points worth noting on the Olympic weightlifting records chart:

    • Aleksey Lovchev has been provisionally suspended by the IWF based on a positive sample for a banned substance following the 2015 World Weightlifting Championships in Houston. Hence his 264kg clean & jerk from the 2015 World Weightlifting Championships in Houston has been overturned.
    • Andrei Rybakou set the total record in the 85 kilo weight class at the 2008 Olympics, but he ended up with silver; he still holds the snatch record, though Kianoush Rostami set a new total world record in Rio.
    • Behdad Salimi bombed out of the 2016 Rio Olympics, but he did set a new superheavyweight snatch world record at that competition. Technically the record was broken twice, as 2016 Olympic Champion Lasha Talakhadze snatched 215kg right before Salimi reclaimed his snatch world record with 216. Lasha Talakhadze now holds that record at 217kg.
    • The USA currently has no active world records in any weight category. US lifter Sarah Robles ended America’s 16 year medal drought with a bronze in the +75kg category in Rio.
    • China has the most active records of any country.
    • Yang Lian’s snatch and total records from 2006 are the oldest women’s world records still standing. Women’s weightlifting is relatively new, having only been introduced for the 2000 Olympic cycle.
    • It took 18 years, but there’s a new clean & jerk world record in the men’s 85kg category. That was set by Kianoush Rostami on May 31st, 2016 at the first Fajr Cup in Iran. Because the Fajr Cup is an IWF-sanctioned Grand Prix, the lifts count toward international world records. Rostami only needed four attempts to hit his record total, going 170/175/decline in the snatch and 210/220/decline in the clean & jerk. The clean & jerk record had stood since 1998. Rostami has actually done more than 220kg on the clean & jerk in training, an example of which we’ve embedded below.

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