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Weightlifting In The Commonwealth Games

Weightlifting is a core sport and has been included in the Commonwealth Games programme every year since 1950.

Para-Sport Powerlifting was integrated into the Commonwealth Games in Manchester 2002 and has featured ever since. Both the Weightlifting and Powerlifting events may be contested by men and women. Events for women were first introduced in 2002.

Weightlifting has featured at the Commonwealth Youth Games on four occasions; Edinburgh 2000, Bendigo 2004, Pune 2008 and Samoa 2015.

The Weightlifting competition is held under the rules of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF). The Powerlifting events are for Para-Sport athletes are held in accordance with the rules of International Paralympic Committee.

  • Core / Optional Core
  • Appearances In The Games 18
  • First Games Auckland 1950
  • Most Recent Games Gold Coast 2018
Team Scotland’s Weightlifting Medal Count:
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  • Total: 16
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Did You Know?

  • Philip Caira is Scotland's most successful weightlifter with two gold medals, won in 1958 and 1962.

  • Between 1990 and 2002 separate medals were awarded for the Snatch, the Clean and Jerk and for combined total. Since 2006 medals have only been awarded for combined total.

  • Peter Kirkbride won gold for Scotland at the 2004 Youth Games and went onto win Commonwealth Games silver at Delhi 2010.

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Competition Format

In Weightlifting, an ascending bar system is used with lifts occurring in order of weight attempted, from lowest to highest, throughout the competition. This may mean that an individual lifter makes several attempts in succession. Lifters are allowed several changes to the weight they have declared.

The execution consists of two different lifts executed in a standard order: first the Snatch and then the Clean and Jerk. Athletes within each weight category have three attempts for each movement and they are required to complete valid lifts in both in order to post a score.

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