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Guide to weightlifting at the Olympics

Updated: Wednesday, 27 Jun 2012 17:48

Guide to weightlifting at the Olympics

COMPETITION DATES
28 July to 1 August; 3-7 August.

STAR NAME
Behdad Salimi: Currently the hottest property in weightlifting. Competing in the heaviest of all weight categories, the men's over-105 kilograms, the Iranian triumphed at the 2010 and 2011 World Weightlifting Championships, setting a record snatch of 214kg at the latter. Will be the favourite for gold at his first Olympics.

GREATEST OLYMPIANS
There have been four lifters who have earned triple Olympic gold in the sport's long history. Bulgaria-born Naim Suleymanoglu was the first to achieve the feat when he claimed glory competing for Turkey in 1988, 1992 and 1996, before Pyrros Dimas (1992, 1996, 2000), Akakios Kakiasvilis (1992, 1996, 2000) and Halil Mutlu (1996, 2000, 2004) repeated the success.

BIGGEST FLOP
More an horrific injury than a flop as Janos Baranyai, competing in his first Olympics in Beijing four years ago, went out of the men's 77kg weight category. Snatching a modest 148kg, the Hungarian dislocated his right elbow in eye-watering fashion mid-lift before crashing to the floor in obvious pain.

DID YOU KNOW?
Weightlifting was one of nine sports which made up the first summer Olympic Games in Athens in 1896, although a women's competition was only introduced in 2000. Great Britain's only gold was won by Launceston Elliot - the first British Olympic champion - at the inaugural Games, with the most recent a bronze medal claimed in 1984 by David Mercer.

FIRST APPEARANCE AT THE GAMES
1896 (men), 2000 (women).

Medal Table

Country Total
USA 45 27 30 102
China 38 28 23 89
Great Britain 29 17 19 65
Russia 25 25 32 82
South Korea 13 8 7 28
Ireland 1 1 3 5
Full Table

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