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The apparent simplicity of lifting the barbell from the ground and over the head in one or two movements is deceiving.
However, kilo per kilo, the lightest weightlifter is often the strongest.
Men’s weightlifting was on the programme of the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896.
Weightlifting - MSN Encarta (495 words)
Weightlifting, sport based on the lifting of a series of progressively heavier metal weights, which are generally encased in rubber.
As a competitive sport, weightlifting is popular internationally, notably in the United States, the countries of the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), Germany, Romania, Poland, Finland, Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, China, and Cuba.
The sport of weightlifting is organized worldwide by the International Weightlifting Federation and in the United States by USA Weightlifting (USAW).
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