World Weightlifting Championships

The World Weightlifting Championships is an international weightlifting competition, currently held annually (except for years of the Summer Olympic Games) by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF). The predecessor organization of the IWF was founded in 1905,[1] but World Championship events began before its foundation. The first recognized World Championship event was held in 1891, and was won by Edward Lawrence Levy of England.[1][2][3]

World Weightlifting Championships
StatusActive
GenreSports event
Date(s)November
FrequencyAnnual, apart from Summer Olympic years
Location(s)Various
Inaugurated28 March 1891 (1891-03-28)
Organised byIWF

Athletes today compete in a total of 20 weight categories (10 for men and 10 for women):

  • Men categories: 55 kg, 61 kg, 67 kg, 73 kg, 81 kg, 89 kg, 96 kg, 102 kg, 109 kg and +109 kg.
  • Women categories: 45 kg, 49 kg, 55 kg, 59 kg, 64 kg, 71 kg, 76 kg, 81 kg, 87 kg and +87 kg.

Competitions edit

Men edit

No. Year Dates City and host country # Athletes # Countries
I 1891 28 March   London, United Kingdom 7 6
II 1898 31 July – 1 August   Vienna, Austria 11 3
III 1899 4–5 April   Milan, Italy 5 3
IV 1903 1–3 October   Paris, France 18 5
V 1904 18 April   Vienna, Austria 13 4
VI 1905 8–10 April   Berlin, Germany 41 4
VII 1905 11–13 June   Duisburg, Germany 7 2
VIII 1905 16 & 30 December   Paris, France 16 1
IX 1906 18 March   Lille, France 33 4
X 1907 19 May   Frankfurt, Germany 23 3
XI 1908 8–9 December   Vienna, Austria 23 2
XII 1909 3 October & 2 December   Vienna, Austria 23 3
XIII 1910 4–6 June   Düsseldorf, Germany 57 5
XIV 1910 9–10 October   Vienna, Austria 15 2
XV 1911 29–30 April   Stuttgart, Germany 36 3
XVI 1911 13–14 May   Berlin, Germany 27 2
XVII 1911 26 June   Dresden, Germany 21 3
XVIII 1911 29 June – 2 July   Vienna, Austria 32 3
XIX 1913 28–29 July   Breslau, Germany 40 4
XX 1920 4–8 September   Vienna, Austria 74 4
XXI 1922 29–30 April   Tallinn, Estonia 33 4
XXII 1923 8–9 September   Vienna, Austria 76 7
XXIII 1937 10–12 September   Paris, France 50 10
XXIV 1938 21–23 October   Vienna, Germany 38 11
XXV 1946 18–19 October   Paris, France 79 13
XXVI 1947 26–27 September   Philadelphia, United States 39 12
XXVII 1949 4–6 September   Scheveningen, Netherlands 38 13
XXVIII 1950 13–15 October   Paris, France 56 17
XXIX 1951 26–28 October   Milan, Italy 62 14
XXX 1953 26–30 August   Stockholm, Sweden 70 19
XXXI 1954 7–10 October   Vienna, Austria 100 23
XXXII 1955 12–16 October   Munich, West Germany 108 25
XXXIII 1957 8–12 November   Tehran, Iran 76 21
XXXIV 1958 16–21 September   Stockholm, Sweden 96 27
XXXV 1959 29 September – 4 October   Warsaw, Poland 85 19
XXXVI 1961 20–25 September   Vienna, Austria 120 33
XXXVII 1962 16–22 September   Budapest, Hungary 113 27
XXXVIII 1963 16–22 September   Stockholm, Sweden 134 32
XXXIX 1964 11–18 October   Tokyo, Japan 149 42
XL 1965 27 October – 3 November   Tehran, Iran 85 24
XLI 1966 15–21 October   East Berlin, East Germany 117 28
XLII 1968 13–19 October   Mexico City, Mexico 160 55
XLIII 1969 20–28 September   Warsaw, Poland 166 37
XLIV 1970 12–20 September   Columbus, United States 129 28
XLV 1971 18–26 September   Lima, Peru 144 30
XLVI 1972 27 August – 6 September   Munich, West Germany 188 54
XLVII 1973 15–23 September   Havana, Cuba 189 39
XLVIII 1974 21–29 September   Manila, Philippines 143 32
XLIX 1975 15–23 September   Moscow, Soviet Union 169 33
L 1976 18–27 July   Montreal, Canada 173 46
LI 1977 17–25 September   Stuttgart, West Germany 186 44
LII 1978 4–8 October   Gettysburg, United States 185 35
LIII 1979 3–11 November   Thessaloniki, Greece 189 39
LIV 1980 20–30 July   Moscow, Soviet Union 173 40
LV 1981 13–20 September   Lille, France 194 35
LVI 1982 18–26 September   Ljubljana, Yugoslavia 205 38
LVII 1983 22–31 October   Moscow, Soviet Union 187 32
LVIII 1984 29 July – 8 August   Los Angeles, United States 187 48
LIX 1985 23 August – 1 September   Södertälje, Sweden 195 38
LX 1986 8–15 November   Sofia, Bulgaria 193 41
LXI 1987 6–13 September   Ostrava, Czechoslovakia 168 29
LXII 1989 16–23 September   Piraeus, Greece 220 37
LXIII 1990 10–18 November   Budapest, Hungary 182 38
  • The weightlifting tournaments held during Summer Olympics in 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980 and 1984 are counted as World Weightlifting Championships of the corresponding year.

Women edit

No. Year Dates City and host country # Athletes # Countries
I 1987 30 October – 1 November   Daytona Beach, United States 100 22
II 1988 2–4 December   Jakarta, Indonesia 103 23
III 1989 24–26 November   Manchester, United Kingdom 133 25
IV 1990 26 May – 3 June   Sarajevo, Yugoslavia 109 25

Combined edit

No. Year Dates City and host country Men Women
M W # Athletes # Countries # Athletes # Countries
LXIV V 1991 27 September – 6 October   Donaueschingen, Germany 200 40 108 24
VI 1992 16–24 May   Varna, Bulgaria 110 25
LXV VII 1993 11–21 November   Melbourne, Australia 195 57 94 25
LXVI VIII 1994 17–27 November   Istanbul, Turkey 242 52 105 30
LXVII IX 1995 16–26 November   Guangzhou, China 345 63 93 26
X 1996 3–11 May   Warsaw, Poland 102 24
LXVIII XI 1997 6–14 December   Chiang Mai, Thailand 189 51 143 39
LXIX XII 1998 10–15 November   Lahti, Finland 210 53 122 35
LXX XIII 1999 21–28 November   Piraeus, Greece 395 79 231 51
LXXI XIV 2001 4–11 November   Antalya, Turkey 153 47 114 34
LXXII XV 2002 18–26 November   Warsaw, Poland 170 47 115 37
LXXIII XVI 2003 14–22 November   Vancouver, Canada 297 59 208 47
LXXIV XVII 2005 9–17 November   Doha, Qatar 169 58 112 42
LXXV XVIII 2006 30 September – 7 October   Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 298 58 186 39
LXXVI XIX 2007 17–26 September   Chiang Mai, Thailand 355 70 225 53
LXXVII XX 2009 20–29 November   Goyang, South Korea 196 57 133 38
LXXVIII XXI 2010 17–26 September   Antalya, Turkey 312 63 203 50
LXXIX XXII 2011 5–13 November   Paris, France 307 75 212 61
LXXX XXIII 2013 20–27 October   Wrocław, Poland 168 49 124 37
LXXXI XXIV 2014 8–16 November   Almaty, Kazakhstan 307 62 219 51
LXXXII XXV 2015 20–28 November   Houston, United States 324 76 261 72
LXXXIII XXVI 2017 28 November – 5 December   Anaheim, United States 176 54 139 44
LXXXIV XXVII 2018 1–10 November   Ashgabat, Turkmenistan 272 68 310 73
LXXXV XXVIII 2019 18–27 September   Pattaya, Thailand 313 84 275 79
LXXXVI XXIX 2021 7–17 December   Tashkent, Uzbekistan 235 64 179 54
LXXXVII XXX 2022 5–16 December   Bogotá, Colombia 267 79 270 76
LXXXVIII XXXI 2023 4–17 September   Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 365 105 354 94
LXXXIX XXXII 2024 4–14 December   Manama, Bahrain
XC XXXIII 2025   Førde, Norway
XCI XXXIV 2026   Ningbo, China

All-time medal table edit

Total edit

All-time big (total) medal count below updated after the 2023 World Weightlifting Championships.

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  China1979546338
2  Soviet Union1519033274
3  Bulgaria808265227
4  United States425433129
5  Russia394834121
6  Austria32273190
7  Poland253857120
8  Iran25152868
9  Germany24342785
10  Chinese Taipei18222565
11  Turkey15191751
12  Kazakhstan158932
13  Egypt14131441
14  North Korea13222459
15  South Korea13212660
16  Hungary11384291
17  Thailand10192150
18  Greece10151136
19  Japan10132851
20  Colombia9161439
21  Georgia94518
22  Belarus88824
23  Ukraine871934
24  Cuba851124
25  Romania7131434
26  France7112038
27  Indonesia5111026
28  Armenia5101328
29  Great Britain551020
30  Uzbekistan55414
31  Qatar53412
32  East Germany4192952
33   Switzerland44210
34  Finland421016
35  India39517
36  West Germany35311
37  Estonia34613
38  Czechoslovakia331521
39  Azerbaijan3148
40  Italy26917
41  Vietnam25512
42  Norway2316
43  Turkmenistan2305
44  Spain2237
45  Australia14510
46  Latvia13711
47  Canada1258
48  Sweden1179
49  Bahrain1113
50  Chile1102
51  Venezuela1056
52  Philippines1034
53  Slovakia1012
  Tunisia1012
55  Mongolia1001
56  Belgium0437
57  Ecuador03912
58  Nigeria0336
59  Denmark0303
60  Netherlands0202
61  Moldova0134
62  Argentina0112
63  Albania0101
  Croatia0101
  Guyana0101
  Lebanon0101
  Lithuania0101
  Madagascar0101
  New Zealand0101
70  Dominican Republic0055
  Myanmar0055
72  Russian Weightlifting Federation [a]0033
73  Iraq0022
  Mexico0022
  Saudi Arabia0022
76  Brazil0011
  Macau0011
Individual Neutral Athletes [b]0011
Totals (77 entries)8738738712617

Big and small medals edit

All-time big (total) and small (snatch, clean & jerk, and press) medal count below updated after the 2023 World Weightlifting Championships.

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  China5882771521017
2  Soviet Union33120893632
3  Bulgaria226224189639
4  Russia11913391343
5  Poland6499124287
6  United States609379232
7  Iran554352150
8  North Korea496658173
9  Turkey495647152
10  Chinese Taipei477272191
11  Hungary3989107235
12  Germany364336115
13  South Korea346981184
14  Thailand345251137
15  Kazakhstan34312893
16  Austria32273493
17  Georgia30111152
18  Greece264341110
19  Cuba26223684
20  Egypt26192772
21  Belarus25263384
22  Japan245074148
23  Colombia244155120
24  Romania24294497
25  Ukraine22294899
26  East Germany206171152
27  Uzbekistan20171552
28  Armenia17334090
29  Indonesia16243171
30  West Germany13141542
31  France12213366
32  Finland12112245
33  Qatar12101133
34  Norway105520
35  Vietnam9151640
36  India8281551
37  Azerbaijan851023
38  Czechoslovakia5144059
39  Great Britain5122340
40  Australia581730
41  Turkmenistan58518
42  Spain561728
43   Switzerland55313
44  Chile5117
45  Italy4131734
46  Estonia45615
47  Philippines41813
48  Russian Weightlifting Federation [a]40711
49  Belgium38415
50  Sweden341219
51  Myanmar32813
52  Venezuela311620
53  Slovakia3148
54  Latvia251623
55  Moldova24713
56  Bahrain2428
57  Albania2338
58  Lithuania2215
59  Tunisia2046
60  Canada110920
61  Ecuador182635
62  Nigeria171321
63  Mongolia1326
64  Saudi Arabia1045
65  Iraq1023
Individual Neutral Athletes [b]1012
66  Dominican Republic04913
67  Croatia0404
68  Denmark0303
  Madagascar0303
70  Mexico0279
71  Lebanon0224
72  Nauru0202
  Netherlands0202
  New Zealand0202
75  Brazil0123
76  Argentina0112
  Kyrgyzstan0112
  Malaysia0112
  Puerto Rico0112
80  Guyana0101
  Micronesia0101
82  Macau0033
83  Syria0022
84  Algeria0011
  CIS0011
  Israel0011
  Pakistan0011
  Peru0011
  United Arab Republic0011
Totals (89 entries)2266226222606788
  • Names in italic are national entities that no longer exist.

Multiple medalists edit

The table shows those who have won at least 5 gold medals in total result. Boldface denotes active weightlifters and highest medal count among all weightlifters (including these who not included in these tables) per type.

Rank Weightlifter Country Gender Weights From To Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Vasily Alekseyev   Soviet Union M +110 kg 1970 1977 8 8
2 Naim (Naum) Süleymanoğlu
(Suleymanov, Shalamanov)
  Bulgaria
  Turkey
M 56 kg / 60 kg / 64 kg 1983 1995 7 1 8
Yurik Vardanyan   Soviet Union M 75 kg / 82.5 kg / 90 kg 1977 1985 7 1 8
4 Lasha Talakhadze   Georgia M +105 kg / +109 kg 2015 2023 7 7
5 Josef Grafl   Austria M Open / +80 kg 1904 1913 6 2 8
6 Tommy Kono   United States M 75 kg / 82.5 kg 1953 1962 6 1 1 8
7 John Davis   United States M 82.5 kg / +82.5 kg / +90 kg 1938 1953 6 1 7
8 Yoshinobu Miyake   Japan M 56 kg / 60 kg 1961 1968 6 1 7
David Rigert   Soviet Union M 82.5 kg / 90 kg / 100 kg 1970 1978 6 1 7
10 Waldemar Baszanowski   Poland M 67.5 kg / 75 kg 1961 1971 5 5 10
11 Arkady Vorobyov   Soviet Union M 82.5 kg / 90 kg 1950 1961 5 2 1 8
12 Pete George   United States M 67.5 kg / 75 kg 1947 1955 5 2 7
Halil Mutlu   Turkey M 54 kg / 56 kg / 62 kg 1993 2003 5 2 7
Yanko Rusev   Bulgaria M 60 kg / 67.5 kg / 75 kg 1977 1983 5 2 7
15 Mohammad Nassiri   Iran M 56 kg / 52 kg 1966 1976 5 1 3 9
16 Kuo Hsing-chun   Chinese Taipei F 58 kg / 59 kg 2013 2022 5 1 1 7
17 Chen Lijun   China M 62 kg / 67 kg 2013 2023 5 1 6
Viktor Kurentsov   Soviet Union M 75 kg 1964 1970 5 1 6
Lü Xiaojun   China M 77 kg / 81 kg 2009 2019 5 1 6
20 Anatoly Khrapaty   Soviet Union
  Kazakhstan
M 90 kg / 91 kg / 99 kg 1985 1995 5 2 7
Stanley Stanczyk   United States M 67.5 kg / 75 kg / 82.5 kg 1946 1954 5 2 7
22 Vladimir Stogov   Soviet Union M 56 kg 1955 1962 5 1 6
23 Deng Wei   China F 58 kg / 63 kg / 64 kg 2010 2019 5 5
Om Yun-chol   North Korea M 56 kg / 55 kg 2013 2019 5 5

See also edit

Notes edit

  1. ^ a b At the 2021 World Championships, in accordance with a ban by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and a decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), weightifters from Russia were not permitted to use the Russian name, flag, or anthem. They instead participated under the name and the modified flag of the Russian Weightifting Federation (RWF).
  2. ^ a b At the 2023 World Championships, in accordance with sanctions imposed following by the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, weightifters from Belarus were not permitted to use the name, flag, or anthem of Belarus. They instead participated as "Individual Neutral Athletes (AIN)", their medals were not included in the official medal table.

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Weightlifting History". International Weightlifting Federation. Retrieved 2023-01-25.
  2. ^ "122 years since the first World Championships". International Weightlifting Federation. 2013-03-29. Retrieved 2023-01-25.
  3. ^ Siegman, Joseph M. (1992). The International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. SP Books. p. 181. ISBN 978-1-56171-028-7.

External links edit