Weightlifting is the ultimate test of strength, where the athlete attempts a maximum-weight single lift of a barbell loaded with weight plates. Although the success of an athlete is largely dependent on their power, their technique, speed, timing, balance and flexibility are essential too.
The origin of Weightlifting dates back to ancient times in countries such as Greece, where they were seen as the ultimate test of male strength. The first Weightlifting World Championships took place in England in 1891 and it was a part of the first modern Olympic Games of 1896.
The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) is the world’s governing body for the sport. It was founded as the Amateur-Athleten-Weltunion in 1905 in Germany.