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Joel Bran of Guatemala makes a lift in the men's over 105kg category during the Athens 2004 Olympics

Joel Bran of Guatemala makes a lift in the men's over 105 kg category weightlifting competition on August 25, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Olympics

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Today weightlifters compete in the snatch and the clean & jerk. Results are classified according to the total weight lifted when adding the best results of both lifts.

At the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, men competed in eight bodyweight categories: up to 56kg, 62kg, 69kg, 77kg, 85kg, 94kg, 105kg and +105kg. Women participated in seven categories: up to 48kg, 53kg, 58kg, 63kg, 69kg, 75kg, and +75kg.

This year, the Olympics are to be held in Beijing and the weightlifting programme of events for the 2008 Beijing Games is the same.

According to the IOC, the most successful Olympic weightlifters of all time are Naim Süleymanoglu and Halil Mutlu of Turkey, Pyrros Dimas, and Kakhi Kakhiasvillis of Greece, each of whom won three Olympic titles. In addition, Hungary Imre Földi, Ronnie Weller and Ingo Steinhöfel hold a special record being that they are five-times Olympians.
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