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Lift Up, History of Olympic Weightlifting

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Jul 12

Happy Friday!

Welcome to the LIFT UP site. If this is your first visit, in a nutshell, it is an online project about the sport of Olympic weightlifting, about its history, about its legendary athletes and competitions.

On Friday, July 12, 2024,
Lift Up wishes Happy Birthday!
to the following Olympic weightlifters:

Ernest Cadine (FRA, 7/12/1893); Dumitru Captari (ROM, 7/12/1989); Daryl Godfrey Cohen (AUS, 7/12/1935); Marek Gorzelniak (POL, 7/12/1968); Michel Pietracupa (CAN, 7/12/1959); Karl Pumpurins (SOV, 7/12/1941); Ambrosio Solorzano (VEN, 7/12/1937);

The Sport

Olympic weightlifting is one of the oldest sports disciplines introduced to the program of Summer Olympics. In THE SPORT section, Lift Up reviews Olympic weightlifting history, general rules, competition procedures, types of lift (press, snatch and clean-and-jerk. THE SPORT section also features dynamic search allowing to track how the weight classes were changing throughout the history of weightlifting in the 20th Century from Antwerp 1920 to today.

All Time Best

The ALL TIME BEST section of the LIFT UP project features its own exclusive databases of over 100 tournaments and covers Olympic weightlifting at the Summer Olympics, World Championships and other Top International Tournaments. The World Records part presents a complete historical retrospective on the official world records set from the early 1900s to today. The Top Lifters of the 20th Century feature covers over 2,000 profiles of the legendary athletes of the past and present. The Hall of Fame section is not an official Hall of Fame of Olympic Weightlifting site. It rather represents the author's personal choice of famous athletes who contributed to this sport and inspired generations of lifters including the author of this site.

Feature Articles

The FEATURE ARTICLES presents interviews with legendary athletes and coaches, reviews of the Olympic weightlifting competitions, weightlifting techniques and training and more.


The old saying that "a picture is worth a thousand words" is certaily applicable to the sport of Olympic weightlifting. The MULTIMEDIA section presents a rich and interactive layer of highly visual materials from video clips to online presentations to demonstrations performed by the classics of Olympic weightlifting.