Good To Know
"No lift" is called when at least two out of three referees deem a lift unsuccessful. One of the most common illegal mov
es during the clean and jerk is the "press-out." This is when a lifter—struggling to lock his arms out above his head—lowers the weight slightly and then uses the "bounce" to push the weight all the way up.
At the Athens 2004 Games, Hossein Rezazadeh of the Islamic Republic of Iran clean-and-jerked 263.5 kilograms (580 pounds) for the gold medal.
Munich 1972 was the last Olympic Games to have three lifts. The clean and press— which required the competitor to clean the bar up to his shoulders, wait two seconds for referee approval, and then press the weight overhead using just his arms—was removed when it became too difficult for referees to judge proper technique.
Keep An Eye Out For
Kendrick Farris: The U.S. used to be a major force in the sport of Olympic weightlifting, but interest has flagged in the past few decades and now the medalists are coming from overseas. Farris could help to turn the tide. At 26 years old and less than 190 pounds, he's totaled 362kg (798.1 pounds) in the snatch and clean and jerk, and hopes to set a clean and jerk world record in London. Farris had already set two American records at the Beijing 2008 Games, where he placed eighth.