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September 18, 2018

Weight Classes — 2018

Filed under: General — Michael @ 15:28

Weight classes approved in 2018 by the International Weightlifting Federation and younger youth classes approved by USA Weightlifting:

September 17, 2018

Tokyo 2020 Qualifying — Weightlifting

Filed under: General,weightlifting — Tags: , , , — Michael @ 14:25

I base the following summary on my own reading of IWF’s Qualification System – Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020. This summary is NOT an official publication of any sanctioning body; it is my own interpretation. This summary does not address “Host Country” or “Tripartite Commission” spots.

Qualifying sub-periods

  • Period 1: Six months from November 2018 through April 2019
  • Period 2: Six months from May 2019 through October 2019
  • Period 3: Six months from November 2019 through April 2020

Athlete Required Participation

  • Participate in at least six events (at least two of these in an Olympic weight class).
  • Participate in at least one event in each six-month period above.
  • At least one event must be Gold Level, and a second must be either Gold or Silver Level.

Event Levels

  • Gold Level: IWF World Championships, IWF Junior World Championships, Continental Championships, Junior Continental Championships.
  • Silver Level: Existing IWF Events: Multi-Sport Games, Championships.
  • Bronze Level: other International competitions, Championships, Cups, etc.

Qualifying Pathways

  • Be one of the eight highest-ranked lifters to qualify for an Olympic weight class.
  • Or be the highest-ranked lifter from one of the five Continental federations.
    • Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, Pan America
  • See “IWF Absolute Ranking” below.


  • Maximum of one lifter per country in any weight class.
  • Maximum of four lifters per gender from any country. Except…
    • Maximum of two lifters per gender from any country that has had 10 to 19 IWF doping violations since 2008.
    • Maximum of one lifter per gender from any country that has had 20 or more IWF doping violations since 2008.
  • Each NOC chooses its team from among its qualified athletes.


Due to the limits above (and other possible causes, including redundant qualifications), National Olympic Committees (NOCs) of some of the “Top 8” and “Top Continental” qualifiers may not get to use all invitations. In these cases, IWF reallocates as follows:

  • Top 8 — Next-highest ranked athlete whose NOC is not yet qualified in the class.
  • Continental — Next-highest ranked athlete from that same continent whose NOC is not yet qualified in the class.

IWF Absolute Ranking

Each athlete’s final Absolute Ranking Points total, determined at the end of the qualifying period (April 30, 2020), is the sum of the following four scores:

  • the lifter’s best adjusted Robi score in each of the three time periods and…
  • the lifter’s highest adjusted Robi score that is not one of those first three.

Robi Score (and Adjusted Robi Score)


[To come later]




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