Sport Focus - 12 Things You Didn't Know About Weightlifting

February 5, 2018

Weightlifting has been a regular contributor to the Team Scotland medal tally since the sport made its Commonwealth Games debut nearly 70 years ago. As our Sport Focus comes to a close, here are 12 things you might not know about the sport and its history at the Games:

  1. Weightlifting was first included at the 1950 Auckland Games and has been included ever since. It is one of a number of core sports which must be included at each Commonwealth Games.


  1. Para-Sport Powerlifting made its Commonwealth Games debut in 2002, also the year that Weightlifting events for women were first included.


  1. Scotland has won a total of 16 medals in Weightlifting across all Games; two gold, five silver and nine bronze.


  1. Philip Caira is Scotland’s most successful weightlifter with two gold medals, won in 1958 and 1962. He remains Scotland’s only gold medallist in Weightlifting to date.


  1. Peter Kirkbride won gold at the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2004 and went on to win silver as a senior at Delhi 2010, missing out on gold by a single kilogram.


  1. At the Kuala Lumpur 1998 Games, twin brothers Stuart and Tommy Yule found themselves on opposing teams due to a quirk of residency rules. Stuart competed for Scotland while Tommy competed for England. They were finally reunited in wearing Scotland colours at Manchester 2002, with Tommy winning bronze in the Snatch. Tommy went on to also win bronze in 2006.


  1. Weightlifting competition 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.


  1. 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.


  1. 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.


  1. At Glasgow 2014, Micky Yule became the first Scottish athlete to compete in Para-Sport Powerlifting, finishing 4th. He returns for Gold Coast 2018 in the hunt for a podium place.


  1. Micky will be joined in Gold Coast by four weightlifters, all making their Commonwealth Games debut. Meet all five athletes in their Athlete Profiles.


  1. Weightlifting at the Gold Coast 2018 Games will take place in the newly constructed Carrara Sports & Leisure Centre, also the venue for Badminton and Wrestling.

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