How to Watch the 2019 IWF World Weightlifting Championships

The IWF World Weightlifting Championships are taking place September 18 through September 28th.

The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Weightlifting Championships is the biggest weightlifting competition of the year and it’s about to get underway. 

The competition kicks off on September 18th in Pattaya, Thailand, and runs through September 28th. We’ve already written the ultimate IWF World Championships preview, but here’s how to watch the world’s top weightlifters compete. 

According to USA Weightlifting, ESPN3 — an online streaming service you need a subscription to watch —will be showing some of Team USA’s sessions.

In some countries (with a geolocating VPN) sessions will be available to watch live on the Olympic Channel.

You can watch the non-televised sessions on Thailand TAWA Official YouTube Channel. They will be showing sessions for free, and the IWF will be keeping a live scoreboard throughout the course of events. 

The official 2019 start list for for the IWF World Championships has been announced. The sessions with Team USA’s athletes that are to be aired on ESPN3 can be seen below.

AthleteSessionLocal (Thailand) Time of CompetitonTime (in USA) of Competition Stream Information
Alyssa Ritchey49kg AThursday, 9/19
17:55
Thursday, 9/19
05:55
Jourdan Delacruz55kg BFriday, 9/20
14:25
Friday, 9/20
02:25
CJ Cummings73kg ASaturday, 9/21
20:25
Saturday, 9/21
08:25
Harrison Maurus81kg BSunday, 9/22
14:25
Sunday, 9/22
02:25
Mattie Sasser64kg ASunday, 9/22
20:25
Sunday, 9/22
08:25
Jordan Cantrell89kg BMonday, 9/23
14:25
Monday, 9/23
02:25
Mattie Rogers71kg AMonday, 9/23
17:55
Monday, 9/23
05:55
Kate Nye71kg AMonday, 9/23
17:55
Monday, 9/23
05:55
Nathan Damron96kg BTuesday, 9/24
14:25
Tuesday, 9/24
02:25
Jenny Arthur81kg AWednesday, 9/25
17:55
Wednesday, 9/25
05:55
Wes Kitts109kg BThursday, 9/26
14:25
Thursday, 9/26
02:25
Sarah Robles+87kg AFriday, 9/27
13:25
Friday, 9/27
01:25

This year there will be a total of 734 athletes competing, representing 105 countries. The breakdown of these athletes comes out to a total of 395 men and 339 women. 

Again, while no direct stream links have been provided as of yet, the IWF has shared a list of broadcasters that will be streaming the World Championships that correspond with countries across the globe. On September 14th, the IWF posted the below photo on their Facebook page highlighting where fans can watch the IWF World Championships based on where they live — check it out below. 

IWF Broadcast
Photo Courtesy @iwfnet Facebook page
  • Armenia: Public TV
  • Albania: SFS
  • Belarus: Belarus TV
  • Bulgaria: Darmatex
  • Latvia: All Media Latvia
  • Lithuani: All Media Latvia
  • Estonia: All Media Latvia
  • EX—Yugolavia: Arena Sport
  • France: L’Equipe
  • Georgia: Silknet
  • Germany: ARD
  • Poland: TVP
  • Romania: Playbook
  • Spain: TVE
  • UK/Ireland: Premier Sport
  • Iceland: RUV
  • India: Star Sport
  • China: CCTV
  • Pan Asia: Fox Sport Asia
  • Japan: JSNA
  • USA: ESPN3
  • Latam: ESPN
  • Brazil: TV GLOBO
  • Australia: Fox Australia

Based on previous years, we’re expecting that live stream links will be shared within the next 24-hours before the competition kicks off, so check back soon for all of the official links! 

Featured image from @cj__cummings Instagram page.

Celia Balf

Celia Balf

Celia is a Staff News Writer at BarBend. At the BarBend office, you can find Celia writing news stories covering the largest strength sport competitions in the world, in-depth features with world record-holders, big lifts, and everything in-between. Celia also orchestrates and helps create content for the BarBend social media pages. She is a former Division 1 soccer player turned content producer and sports journalist.

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