World Weightlifting Championships – Wikipedia

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International weightlifting competition

World Weightlifting Championships
Status Active
Genre Sports event
Date(s) November
Frequency Annual, apart from Summer Olympic years
Location(s) Various
Inaugurated 28 March 1891 (1891-03-28)
Organised by IWF

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]

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 United Kingdom London, United Kingdom 7 6
II 1898 31 July – 1 August Austria Vienna, Austria 11 3
III 1899 4–5 April Italy Milan, Italy 5 3
IV 1903 1–3 October France Paris, France 18 5
V 1904 18 April Austria Vienna, Austria 13 4
VI 1905 8–10 April Germany Berlin, Germany 41 4
VII 1905 11–13 June Germany Duisburg, Germany 7 2
VIII 1905 16 & 30 December France Paris, France 16 1
IX 1906 18 March France Lille, France 33 4
X 1907 19 May Germany Frankfurt, Germany 23 3
XI 1908 8–9 December Austria Vienna, Austria 23 2
XII 1909 3 October & 2 December Austria Vienna, Austria 23 3
XIII 1910 4–6 June Germany Düsseldorf, Germany 57 5
XIV 1910 9–10 October Austria Vienna, Austria 15 2
XV 1911 29–30 April Germany Stuttgart, Germany 36 3
XVI 1911 13–14 May Germany Berlin, Germany 27 2
XVII 1911 26 June Germany Dresden, Germany 21 3
XVIII 1911 29 June – 2 July Austria Vienna, Austria 32 3
XIX 1913 28–29 July Germany Breslau, Germany 40 4
XX 1920 4–8 September Austria Vienna, Austria 74 4
XXI 1922 29–30 April Estonia Tallinn, Estonia 33 4
XXII 1923 8–9 September Austria Vienna, Austria 76 7
XXIII 1937 10–12 September France Paris, France 50 10
XXIV 1938 21–23 October Germany Vienna, Germany 38 11
XXV 1946 18–19 October France Paris, France 79 13
XXVI 1947 26–27 September United States Philadelphia, United States 39 12
XXVII 1949 4–6 September Netherlands Scheveningen, Netherlands 38 13
XXVIII 1950 13–15 October France Paris, France 56 17
XXIX 1951 26–28 October Italy Milan, Italy 62 14
XXX 1953 26–30 August Sweden Stockholm, Sweden 70 19
XXXI 1954 7–10 October Austria Vienna, Austria 100 23
XXXII 1955 12–16 October West Germany Munich, West Germany 108 25
XXXIII 1957 8–12 November Iran Tehran, Iran 76 21
XXXIV 1958 16–21 September Sweden Stockholm, Sweden 96 27
XXXV 1959 29 September – 4 October Poland Warsaw, Poland 85 19
XXXVI 1961 20–25 September Austria Vienna, Austria 120 33
XXXVII 1962 16–22 September Hungary Budapest, Hungary 113 27
XXXVIII 1963 16–22 September Sweden Stockholm, Sweden 134 32
XXXIX 1964 11–18 October Japan Tokyo, Japan 149 42
XL 1965 27 October – 3 November Iran Tehran, Iran 85 24
XLI 1966 15–21 October East Germany East Berlin, East Germany 117 28
XLII 1968 13–19 October Mexico Mexico City, Mexico 160 55
XLIII 1969 20–28 September Poland Warsaw, Poland 166 37
XLIV 1970 12–20 September United States Columbus, United States 129 28
XLV 1971 18–26 September Peru Lima, Peru 144 30
XLVI 1972 27 August – 6 September West Germany Munich, West Germany 188 54
XLVII 1973 15–23 September Cuba Havana, Cuba 189 39
XLVIII 1974 21–29 September Philippines Manila, Philippines 143 32
XLIX 1975 15–23 September Soviet Union Moscow, Soviet Union 169 33
L 1976 18–27 July Canada Montreal, Canada 173 46
LI 1977 17–25 September West Germany Stuttgart, West Germany 186 44
LII 1978 4–8 October United States Gettysburg, United States 185 35
LIII 1979 3–11 November Greece Thessaloniki, Greece 189 39
LIV 1980 20–30 July Soviet Union Moscow, Soviet Union 173 40
LV 1981 13–20 September France Lille, France 194 35
LVI 1982 18–26 September Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ljubljana, Yugoslavia 205 38
LVII 1983 22–31 October Soviet Union Moscow, Soviet Union 187 32
LVIII 1984 29 July – 8 August United States Los Angeles, United States 187 48
LIX 1985 23 August – 1 September Sweden Södertälje, Sweden 195 38
LX 1986 8–15 November Bulgaria Sofia, Bulgaria 193 41
LXI 1987 6–13 September Czechoslovakia Ostrava, Czechoslovakia 168 29
LXII 1989 16–23 September Greece Piraeus, Greece 220 37
LXIII 1990 10–18 November Hungary 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]

Combined[edit]

No. Year Dates City and host country Men Women
M W # Athletes # Countries # Athletes # Countries
LXIV V 1991 27 September – 6 October Germany Donaueschingen, Germany 200 40 108 24
VI 1992 16–24 May Bulgaria Varna, Bulgaria 110 25
LXV VII 1993 11–21 November Australia Melbourne, Australia 195 57 94 25
LXVI VIII 1994 17–27 November Turkey Istanbul, Turkey 242 52 105 30
LXVII IX 1995 16–26 November China Guangzhou, China 345 63 93 26
X 1996 3–11 May Poland Warsaw, Poland 102 24
LXVIII XI 1997 6–14 December Thailand Chiang Mai, Thailand 189 51 143 39
LXIX XII 1998 10–15 November Finland Lahti, Finland 210 53 122 35
LXX XIII 1999 21–28 November Greece Piraeus, Greece 395 79 231 51
LXXI XIV 2001 4–11 November Turkey Antalya, Turkey 153 47 114 34
LXXII XV 2002 18–26 November Poland Warsaw, Poland 170 47 115 37
LXXIII XVI 2003 14–22 November Canada Vancouver, Canada 297 59 208 47
LXXIV XVII 2005 9–17 November Qatar Doha, Qatar 169 58 112 42
LXXV XVIII 2006 30 September – 7 October Dominican Republic Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 298 58 186 39
LXXVI XIX 2007 17–26 September Thailand Chiang Mai, Thailand 355 70 225 53
LXXVII XX 2009 20–29 November South Korea Goyang, South Korea 196 57 133 38
LXXVIII XXI 2010 17–26 September Turkey Antalya, Turkey 312 63 203 50
LXXIX XXII 2011 5–13 November France Paris, France 307 75 212 61
LXXX XXIII 2013 20–27 October Poland Wrocław, Poland 168 49 124 37
LXXXI XXIV 2014 8–16 November Kazakhstan Almaty, Kazakhstan 307 62 219 51
LXXXII XXV 2015 20–28 November United States Houston, United States 324 76 261 72
LXXXIII XXVI 2017 28 November – 5 December United States Anaheim, United States 176 54 139 44
LXXXIV XXVII 2018 1–10 November Turkmenistan Ashgabat, Turkmenistan 272 68 310 73
LXXXV XXVIII 2019 18–27 September Thailand Pattaya, Thailand 313 84 275 79
LXXXVI XXIX 2021 7–17 December Uzbekistan Tashkent, Uzbekistan 235 64 179 54
LXXXVII XXX 2022 5–16 December Colombia Bogotá, Colombia 267 79 270 76
LXXXVIII XXXI 2023 2–17 September Saudi Arabia Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
LXXXIX XXXII 2025 Norway Forde, Norway

All-time medal table[edit]

Total[edit]

All-time big (total) medal count below updated after the 2022 World Weightlifting Championships.

Big and small medals[edit]

All-time big (total) and small (snatch, clean & jerk, and press) medal count below updated after the 2022 World Weightlifting Championships.

  • 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.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]