USA Weightlifting Announces 2018 Nationals Location and Qualifying Totals

The 2018 Nike USA Weightlifting National Championships location and qualifying totals have been posted. In 2017, the National Championships took place in Chicago, Illinois, and the 2018 location will remain in the Midwest.

Additionally, we’re seeing a slight change to a few of the qualifying totals, which will be pointed out below. Check out the full rundown of 2018 Nike USA Weightlifting National Championships details below.

[Did you know the clean & jerk does more than qualify you for National Championships? Check out these 10 benefits of the clean & jerk.]

The Dates

May 24-27th, 2018

The Venue

Overland Park Convention Center, Overland Park, Kansas.

[Brush up on your jerk dips and learn how they can improve your lifts. Check out our jerk dip guide, along with their benefits.]

Qualifying Time Frame

April 22, 2017 – April 22, 2018

Registration Opening and Deadline

January 2nd, 2018 (Opening) – April 26th, 2018 (Deadline)

Qualifying Total, and What’s Changed

For the most part, all of the qualifying totals have remained the same, but there are three slight changes for female athletes. The 58kg, 63kg, and 69kg female weight class totals have all been increased by 3kg. These are three of the most competitive weightlifting classes of all the athletes. Check out the totals below.


Weight CategoryQualifying Total



Weight CategoryQualifying Total
58kg166kg + 3kg increase
63kg173kg + 3kg increase
69kg182kg + 3kg increase


Don’t forget that last year a few of American women made history on the first day of competition by all clean & jerking two times their bodyweight. Hopefully, we’ll continue to see a similar level of competitiveness for female athletes with the three qualifying total increases.

And speaking of championships, don’t forget that Anaheim, California will play host to the 2017 IWF World Weightlifting Championships. The Championships will be taking place November 28th-December 5th.

Feature image from @usa_weightlifting Instagram page. 

Jake Boly

Jake Boly

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