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Weightlifting History

Welshman Andy Goswell was part of the team that snared three gold medals and a silver at Manchester 2002.

Welshman Andy Goswell was part of the team that snared three gold medals and a silver at Manchester 2002.

Weightlifting first entered the Commonwealth Games program in Auckland in 1950 and has been on the program at each subsequent Games, however women competed for the first time at Manchester 2002.

Male lifters compete in eight bodyweight categories and females in seven.

All competitors are required to complete two styles of lift: Snatch and Clean and Jerk.

In 2002 a Bench Press competition EAD (Elite Athletes with a Disability) was added to the program. This is an open bodyweight event.

In Previous Games

With the inclusion of women and EAD at Manchester, a total 46 gold medals were awarded, with three gold medals - for Snatch, Clean and Jerk and Combined Total - for each of the 15 bodyweight categories, plus one for EAD.

Thirteen countries shared the medals, with 21 of India's 27 medals (11 gold, 9 silver, 7 bronze) being won by women. Australia claimed 26 medals (8 gold, 10 silver, 8 bronze) while all 9 of Cameroon's medals were gold.

Canada won 16 medals (3 gold, 8 silver, 5 bronze), Nauru 15 (2 gold, 5 silver, 8 bronze), England 14 (4 gold, 5 silver, 5 bronze), New Zealand 8 (2 gold, 2 silver, 4 bronze) and Malaysia 8 (3 gold, 5 bronze).

The highly-ranked Nigerian team did not compete (except for EAD), as it was under a one year suspension from the International Weightlifting Federation for multiple doping infractions in the previous year.

At Melbourne 2006

Lifting will take place at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre (EXC) over nine days from March 16 through 24. The program commences with the lightest bodyweight category (48kg Women) and works through to the Super Heavyweight Men on March 23 and then the EAD powerlifting on March 24.


A total of 16 gold medals will be on offer. Unlike Manchester, medals will only be awarded for the Combined Totals of Snatch and Clean and Jerk lifts in each of the bodyweight categories.

EAD powerlifting will still have one gold on offer.

What's New

The introduction in June 2005 of 1kg increment (previously 2.5kg) will make the competition more interesting for spectators. It also brings new challenges for coaches with the increased strategic options available once competition is underway.

Watch the loading of the barbell with the new Usaka System. The loaders no longer have to remove the collars to add metal plates for the smaller increments. Colour coded metal discs are screwed onto the outside of the collars.

There is only one gold medal rather than the previous three in each weight division.

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