Olympic world weightlifting records

The 2020 Summer Olympics may not have taken place this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but we’ve decided to check out some impressive Olympic World Weightlifting Records until the competition returns to Tokyo in 2021. 

Weightlifting requires dedication, determination and a whole lot of strength.



Take a look at these amazing Olympic weightlifting records achieved by some of the strongest men and women in the world. 

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Please note these are the historical world records in Olympic weightlifting and are not taken from records set at the Olympic Games only. 

Historical Olympic world weightlifting records

The heaviest snatches, clean & jerk lifts and totals by weight class from 1998 to 2018. 

Men 

56 kg

Snatch  - Record 139kg - Wu Jingbiao (China) - 2015 World Championships

Clean & Jerk - Record 171kg - Om Yun-chol (North Korea) - 2015 World Championships 

Total - Record 307kg - Long Qingquan (China) - 2016 Olympic Games 

62 kg

Snatch  - Record 154kg - Kim Un-guk (North Korea) - 2014 Asian Games

Clean & Jerk - Record 183kg -  Chen Lijun (China) - 2015 World Championships 

Total - Record 333kg - Chen Lijun (China) - 2015 World Championships

69kg

Snatch  - Record 166kg - Liao Hui (China) - 2014 World Championships

Clean & Jerk - Record 198kg - Liao Hui (China)  - 2013 World Championships 

Total - Record 359kg - Liao Hui (China)  - 2014 World Championships 

77kg

Snatch  - Record 177kg -  Lü Xiaojun (China) - 2016 Olympic Games

Clean & Jerk - Record 214kg - Nijhat Rahimov (Kazakhstan) - 2016 Olympic Games

Total - Record 380kg - Lü Xiaojun (China) - 2013 World Championships 

85kg

Snatch  - Record 187kg -  Andrei Rybakou (Belarus) - 2007 World Championships

Clean & Jerk - Record 220kg - Kianoush Rostami (Iran) - 2016 Fajr Cup 

Total - Record 396kg - Kianoush Rostami (Iran) - 2016 Olympic Games

94kg

Snatch  - Record 189kg -  Sohrab Moradi (Iran) - 2018 Asian Games

Clean & Jerk - Record 233kg - Sohrab Moradi (Iran) - 2017 World Championships 

Total - Record 417kg - Sohrab Moradi (Iran) - 2017 World Championships 

105kg

Snatch  - Record 200kg -  Andrei Aramnau (Belarus) - 2008 Olympic Games

Clean & Jerk - Record 246kg - Ilya Ilyin (Kazakhstan) - 2015 President’s Cup  

Total - Record 437kg - Ilya Ilyin (Kazakhstan) - 2015 President’s Cup  

105kg+ 

Snatch  - Record 220kg -  Lasha Talakhadze (Georgia) - 2017 World Championships 

Clean & Jerk - Record 263kg - Hossein Rezazadeh (Iran) - 2004 Olympic Games

Total - Record 477kg - Lasha Talakhadze (Georgia) - 2017 World Championships 

Women 

48kg 

Snatch  - Record 98kg - Yang Lian (China)  - 2006 World Championships 

Clean & Jerk - Record 121kg - Nurcan Taylan (Turkey) - 2010 World Championships 

Total - Record 217kg - Yang Lian (China) - 2006 World Championships 

53kg 

Snatch  - Record 103kg - Li Ping (China)  - 2010 Asian Games

Clean & Jerk - Record 134kg - Zulfiya Chinshanlo (Kazakhstan) - 2014 World Championships 

Total - Record 233kg - Hsu Shu-ching (Chinese Taipei) - 2014 Asian Games 

58kg 

Snatch  - Record 112kg - Boyanka Kostova (Azerbaijan)  - 2015 World Championships 

Clean & Jerk - Record 142kg - Kuo Hsing-chun (Chinese Taipei) - 2017 Universiade 

Total - Record 252kg - Boyanka Kostova (Azerbaijan)  - 2015 World Championships 

63kg 

Snatch  - Record 117kg - Svetlana Tsarukayeva (Russia) - 2011 World Championships 

Clean & Jerk - Record 147kg - Deng Wei (China) - 2016 Olympic Games

Total - Record 262kg - Deng Wei (China) - 2016 Olympic Games

69kg 

Snatch  - Record 123kg - Oxana Slivenko (Russia) - 2006 World Championships 

Clean & Jerk - Record 157kg - Zarema Kasayeva (Russia) - 2005 World Championships 

Total - Record 276kg - Oxana Slivenko (Russia) - 2007 World Championships 

75kg 

Snatch  - Record 135kg - Natalya Zabolotnaya (Russia) - 2011 President’s Cup 

Clean & Jerk - Record 164kg - Kim Un-ju (North Korea) - 2014 Asian Games 

Total - Record 296kg - Natalya Zabolotnaya (Russia) - 2011 President’s Cup 

90kg 

Snatch  - Record 130kg - Viktoriya Shaimardanova (Ukraine) - 2004 Olympic Games

Clean & Jerk - Record 160kg* - Hripsime Khurshudyan (Armenia) - 2010 World Championships

Total - Record 283kg* - Hripsime Khurshudyan (Armenia) - 2010 World Championships

*cancelled by IWF 

90kg +

Snatch  - Record 155kg - Tatiana Kashirina (Russia) - 2014 World Championships 

Clean & Jerk - Record 193kg - Tatiana Kashirina (Russia) - 2014 World Championships 

Total - Record 348kg - Tatiana Kashirina (Russia) - 2014 World Championships 

For the original source and more world weightlifting records, visit the Wikipedia page.

World weightlifting records and facts

Did you know China holds the most Olympic Medals in female weightlifting? China also has the most active records of any country. 

Since 2000, Belarus and Turkey have 5 medals each achieving the most Olympic medals in male weightlifting. 

In 2004, Gene Rychlak (USA) became the first man to press over 1000lbs! 

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