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Competition

The Weight Classes For Both Genders
(Junior/Senior Level)

Female
48 - 50/70
53 - 55/80
58 - 60/90
63 - 60/90
69 - 70/100
75 - 80/110
+75 - 90/120

Male
56 - 100/120
62 - 110/140
69 - 120/150
77 - 130/160
85 - 140/170
94 - 150/180
105 - 160/190
+105 - 170/200


The IWF (International Weightlifting Federation) recognizes three age group categories. They are youth, junior and senior. Above are the weight classes for both the male and female juniors and seniors. Weight classes can and have periodically change to reset the records after a certain number of years. There are a total of 8 weight classes for men and 7 weight classes for women. I have also included some approximate minimum numbers for both the snatch and clean and jerk to give you an idea of what it would take to be competitive as a senior lifter. I consider medal contention at the national level and team qualification for world contests to be competitive. The minimum age to be considered a junior is up to and including 20 years. The minimum age to be considered a youth is up to and including 17 years. Here are the following weight classes for youth competitors. For boys there are 8 weight classes including 50, 56, 62, 69, 77, 84, 95 and +95kg. For girls the 7 weight classes include 44, 48, 53, 58, 63, 69 and +69kg. The minimum age to compete in all youth events is 13 years. The minimum age eligibility to compete in the Olympic games is 16 years. For all world contests (including world, junior world and university world) the minimum age to compete is 15 years. All age groups are calculated in the lifter’s birth year. Those lifters born earlier in the year have a slight advantage in competition.