What the athletes lift and where:
Competitors have to lift a weight called the barbell,
which consists of a steel bar (weighing 20 kg for a men’s, 15 kg for
a women’s barbell) onto which rubber-coated and differently coloured
weight discs are loaded and fastened with the help of collars (weighing
2.5 kg each). The athletes perform the lifts on an elevated stage with
a platform of 4X4 metres made of wood and coated with non-slippery material.
Referee Lights Equipment:
The 3 referees pass their decision about the correctness
and validity of each lift by pressing white or red light buttons on
the small device in front of them. When a referee has judged a lift
as correctly completed, he or she will press the white light button,
or, if the attempt is not correct or missed, a red light button. As
soon as two of the three referees have passed identical decisions (white
or red), a visible and an audible signal is given to the lifter to lower
the barbell to the platform. The referees’ decision may be unanimous
or on a majority. Lights corresponding to the judgement of the referees
light up on a board: Two or three white lights = Good Lift; Two or three
red lights = No Lift. The referees’ activity can be permanently checked
by the Jury with the help of a monitoring device on the Jury table.
The referees’ decisions on each attempt are final and irrevocable, but
if there are very serious mistakes in refereeing, the Jury can replace
a referee or grant an additional attempt to the lifter.
The big scoreboard on the wall helps you to follow the
progress of the competition by indicating all the important data on
the lifters and the lifts: the start number, the name and country code
of the athletes, their bodyweight whieh was registered at the Weigh-in
two hours before the actual competition, the three attempts (good or
missed) on the Snatch and on the Clean & Jerk, the Total result, the
Attempt Board and Timing Clock:
This electronic board contains information on the athlete
just called, the attempt to be taken and currently being performed on
the platform, and incorporates the timiong clock and thre referee light
signalisation. The time for the athlete starts running at the calling
of his/her name by the Speaker and the board indicates the remaining
time, giving a warning signal when there are only 30 seconds left. An
extension of the attempt board and timing clock operating parallel with
the one on the stage is installed in the warm-up area.
Computerised Competition Calling and Result System:
In contemporary weightlifting competitions, a complex
and sophisticated competition software developed by the IWF produces
the Start Lists, defines the calling order and produces the results,
in full accordance with the rules. The progression of the attempts is
displayed simultaneously on the Competition Secretary’s desk to supply
the information for the Speaker and the Attempt Board/Competition Scoreboard,
as well as in the warmup room to allow the athletes and coaches calculate
the time remaining for the next attempts and to apply competition strategies
in the interest of a better position.
The records relevant to the competition/Championships
and the category contested are displayed in the venue for information
to the public.
Replays of the lifts in slow motion from different angles
are presented to the public and the Jury after each attempt to allow
for a better observation of the athletes’ movements which are very fast
in real time.