08-03-2007, 11:29 PM
hey all, recently iv'e been curious about olympic weightlifting (cant wait to watch 2008). i know there are alot different weight classes. i weigh about 142lbs. how much can the elite guys in that weight class or one near it lift? clean and jerk, snatch, squat.
08-04-2007, 01:25 AM
Well, that would be the 69kg class. One of the best in that class, Galabin Boevski, from Bulgaria--gold in 2000--could snatch 160kg and clean and jerk 196kg. As to his squatting ability, well, in the 1998 Bulgarian training hall tape from Ironmind, he does a 250kg back squat (Olympic-style, ATG of course) with such ease that I would estimate he maxed out at well over 600 lbs., maybe 650. He was quite lanky, but unbelievably strong. Of course, he was the elite of the elite, so maybe a 145-150kg snatch and and 175-180kg clean and jerk and probably 250kg back squat is more typical.
08-05-2007, 12:06 PM
Check here for recent competition results:
The winner from 06 Worlds did 146 and 186.
The winner from 04 Olympics did 160 and 187.5.