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By definition, Olympic weightlifting is not a team sport. The essense of the sport is a competition between the strong individuals that lift weights on the platform.

With all these said, the team aspect of Olympic weightlifting is often underestimated. In many ways, it is also a sport of strong individuals representing their teams and nations on the platform. Besides strictly statistical breakdown of the results, national representation indicates various lifting and training philosophies and styles used by Olympic weightlifters thoughout the decades of its development.

This section of the Lift Up presents a historical overview of Olympic weightlifting as a competition between various national teams and dynasties of the 20th century. The overall standings by nations are presented below. You may also use the search tools to generate listings by decades and specific nation.

The summary tables below display the overall data for:

:: Summer Olympics and World Championships Medals

The following table shows the ranking of the national teams by total number of medals won at the official IWF World Championships and Olympics won in 1920-2000.

  Team    Gold  Silver  Bronze  Total
1 SOVIET UNION 168 98 34 300
2 BULGARIA 74 63 39 176
3 UNITED STATES 51 49 23 123
4 POLAND 19 34 56 109
5 HUNGARY 9 29 32 70
6 CHINA 14 22 24 60
7 EAST GERMANY 5 20 30 55
8 GERMANY 13 19 15 47
9 IRAN 11 7 26 44
10 JAPAN 10 7 20 37
11 EGYPT 12 12 11 35
12 GREECE 13 13 5 31
13 FRANCE 10 5 13 28
14 AUSTRIA 7 11 9 27
15 CZECHOSLOVAKIA 4 5 17 26
16 TURKEY 14 8 3 25
17 RUSSIA 11 6 7 24
18 ITALY 5 8 11 24
19 ROMANIA 4 11 8 23
20 CUBA 9 3 9 21
21 ESTONIA 4 6 9 19
22 SOUTH KOREA 2 4 11 17
23 GREAT BRITAIN 4 4 7 15
24 WEST GERMANY 3 7 5 15
25 NORTH KOREA 1 4 10 15
26 UKRAINE 6 1 6 13
27 FINLAND 2 1 9 12
28 SWEDEN 1 1 9 11
29 UNIFIED TEAM (CIS) 4 4 0 8
30 BELGIUM 1 5 2 8
31 AUSTRALIA 1 3 4 8
32 ARMENIA 0 4 2 6
33 CANADA 1 3 1 5
34 SWITZERLAND 1 2 2 5
35 LATVIA 0 2 3 5
36 NORWAY 1 3 0 4
37 DENMARK 0 4 0 4
38 ARGENTINA 0 2 2 4
39 KAZAKHSTAN 0 1 3 4
40 QATAR 1 1 1 3
41 BELARUS 1 0 2 3
42 TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO 0 1 2 3
43 TAIWAN 0 0 3 3
44 NETHERLANDS 0 0 3 3
45 GEORGIA 0 1 1 2
46 IRAQ 0 0 2 2
47 MYANMAR 0 0 2 2
48 PHILIPPINES 1 0 0 1
49 CROATIA 1 0 0 1
50 TURKMENISTAN 1 0 0 1
51 SLOVAKIA 1 0 0 1
52 GUYANA 0 1 0 1
53 SINGAPORE 0 1 0 1
54 LUXEMBOURG 0 1 0 1
55 LEBANON 0 1 0 1
56 AZERBAIJAN 0 0 1 1
57 INDONESIA 0 0 1 1
58 PUERTO RICO 0 0 1 1
59 VENEZUELA 0 0 1 1
60 MOLDOVA 0 0 1 1

:: World Records

The following table shows the ranking of the national teams by total number of the official IWF world records set in 1920-2000.

  TEAM   Records Total Press Snatch C & J Total2 Total3
1 SOVIET UNION 1333 344 321 324 343 129 215
2 BULGARIA 278 95 11 92 80 92 3
3 GERMANY 237 78 69 50 40 3 75
4 UNITED STATES 169 36 46 37 48 0 36
5 AUSTRIA 86 19 31 16 20 0 19
6 JAPAN 67 19 1 38 9 2 17
7 CHINA 64 5 6 27 26 5 0
8 POLAND 54 14 4 18 18 2 12
9 EGYPT 53 12 10 11 20 0 12
10 FRANCE 52 6 4 25 17 0 6
11 HUNGARY 46 15 24 2 5 0 15
12 TURKEY 45 14 0 17 14 14 0
13 FINLAND 34 6 5 21 2 0 6
14 IRAN 32 10 5 3 14 4 6
15 CUBA 25 5 0 15 5 5 0
16 RUSSIA 23 8 0 5 10 8 0
17 GREECE 22 5 0 9 8 5 0
18 EAST GERMANY 21 7 0 4 10 7 0
19 SWEDEN 17 1 15 0 1 0 1
20 12 4 3 2 3 0 4
21 SOUTH KOREA 11 3 2 1 5 0 3
22 NORTH KOREA 10 2 0 5 3 2 0
23 ITALY 10 3 2 3 2 0 3
24 ESTONIA 10 0 2 3 5 0 0
25 UKRAINE 9 4 0 3 2 4 0
26 CANADA 8 0 8 0 0 0 0
27 BELARUS 8 2 0 4 2 2 0
28 8 1 2 1 4 1 0
29 BELGIUM 7 0 3 1 3 0 0
30 CZECHOSLOVAKIA 6 4 0 2 0 1 3
31 GREAT BRITAIN 6 3 1 1 1 0 3
32 SINGAPORE 6 0 2 0 4 0 0
33 SWITZERLAND 5 1 2 1 1 0 1
34 4 0 0 4 0 0 0
35 PUERTO RICO 4 0 4 0 0 0 0
36 GEORGIA 4 0 0 3 1 0 0
37 ARMENIA 4 0 0 4 0 0 0
38 THAILAND 4 3 0 0 1 1 2
39 WEST GERMANY 3 0 1 0 2 0 0
40 DENMARK 3 1 0 1 1 0 1
41 ROMANIA 2 0 0 2 0 0 0
42 INDONESIA 2 0 0 0 2 0 0
43 NETHERLANDS ANTILLES 2 1 1 0 0 0 1
44 PHILIPPINES 2 0 1 0 1 0 0
45 BURMA 2 0 0 2 0 0 0
46 ARGENTINA 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
47 NORWAY 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
48 TURKMENISTAN 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
49 NETHERLANDS 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
50 CROATIA 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
51 LUXEMBOURG 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
52 KAZAKHSTAN 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
53 COMMONWEALTH OF INDEPENDENT STATES 1 0 0 0 1 0 0

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