Snatch or Clean and Jerk


In Olympic-style weightlifting participants attempt a maximum weight single lift of a barbell loaded with weight plates. There are competition in two lifts: the clean and jerk and the snatch.

Vasili Alexeyev of the USSR in 1975. He snatched 190 kg and did 256 in Clean and Jerk.

Competitors compete in one of eight (seven for women) divisions determined by their body mass. These classes are: men’s: 56 kg (123 lb), 62 kg (137 lb), 69 kg (152 lb), 77 kg (170 lb), 85 kg (187 lb), 94 kg (207 lb), 105 kg (231 lb), and over 105 kg; and women’s: 48 kg (106 lb), 53 kg (117 lb), 58 kg (128 lb), 63 kg (139 lb), 69 kg (152 lb), 75 kg (165 lb), and over 75 kg.[1] In each weight division, competitors compete in both the snatch and clean and jerk, and prizes are usually given for the heaviest weights lifted in the snatch, clean and jerk, and the two combined.

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