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WEIGHTLIFTING is a scientific, safe and studied sport.

Essentially, weightlifting involves learning the most effective and efficient techniques for carrying out two (2) lifts, namely:
- CLEAN & JERK
- SNATCH

There are eight bodyweight categories for male athletes: 56kg, 62kg, 69kg, 77kg, 85kg, 94kg, 105kg, +105kg and seven for female athletes: 48kg, 53kg, 58kg, 63kg, 69kg, 75kg, +75kg.

CLEAN & JERK

1. The lifter begins by gripping the bar with palms facing downwards.
2. In the clean phase, the barbell is lifted in a single movement from the platform to the shoulder.
3. The barbell rests on the upper chest with arms bent and the lifter in a squatting position.
4. The lifter then moves into a standing position in preparation for the jerk phase.
5. In the jerk phase, the lifter splits the legs and extends the arms to raise the bar above the head.
6. The feet must be brought together and the lifter must remain still for the attempt to be deemed a success.

SNATCH

1. The lifter begins by gripping the bar with palms facing downwards.
2. The lifter snatches the bar from the floor.
3. In the same movement, the lifter assumes a squatting position. The bar is held above the head with arms straight.
4. The lifter then drives upwards and straightens the legs.
5. Once the lifter is deemed to be in complete control of the weight, the lift is signalled a success.

COMPETITION

Competitors will register their best lifts out of three in each category. Should a competitor fail to lift in all three attempts in each category, he/she will be disqualified. The aggregate or total score of the best lift in each category will be tallied. Age and bodyweight does play a part when the total score is the same. If two lifters have identical aggregate score, the one with the athlete with the lighter bodyweight will win.

Weightliftting is a thinking athlete's game. Strategy between athlete and coach is vital.

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