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Lifters compete in both the Snatch and Clean and Jerk and prizes are usually given for the heaviest weights lifted in the 2 lifts Overall – the two lift totals combined.
During competitions the barbell is loaded incrementally and progresses to a heavier weight throughout the course of competition. Weights are set in 1 kilogram increments. When a tie occurs, the athlete with the lower bodyweight is declared the winner. If two athletes lift the same total weight and have the same bodyweight, the winner is the athlete who lifted the total weight first.
The Snatch event takes place first, followed by a short intermission, and then the Clean and Jerk event follows-on. There are two side judges and one head referee who together provide a “successful” or “failed” result for each attempt based on their observation of the lift within the governing body’s rules and regulations. A majority of two “successes” is required for any attempt to pass. Usually, the judges’ and referee’s results are registered via a lighting system with a white light indicating a “successful” lift and a “red” light indicating a “failed” lift. This is done for the benefit of all in attendance be they athlete, coach, administrator or audience.
Weight Classes: Male athletes compete in one of eight divisions, and female athletes lift in one of seven divisions determined by their body mass.
The men’s classes are: 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 the women’s are:
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