Lima 2019 is getting ready to welcome the best weightlifters from Latin America and the Americas during the XVIII edition of the Pan American Games.
Weightlifting involves lifting as much weight as possible with a bar where several discs are fixed at its ends, which determine the weight to be lifted. The bar and disc set are called dumbbell. There are two types of competition: snatch, and clean and jerk. In the first one, the bar is lifted above the head in one movement; while in the second, the bar is first brought to the shoulders before being jerked above the head. On the Olympic program since the first modern Games in 1896, weightlifting dates back to long before that time when it was practiced by ancient Egyptian and Greek societies as a means to measure strength and power. It developed as a sport in the 19th century.
At the last Pan Am Games held in Toronto in 2015, 10 countries competed for a spot in the medal standing: Colombia, Venezuela, Cuba, Brazil, the United States, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Canada, and Chile. In total, this sport awarded 45 medals. At Lima 2019, we will have the participation of our compatriot Fiorella Cueva, who made history in 2015 by becoming the first Peruvian weightlifter to obtain a bronze medal at the World Weightlifting Championships held in our country. She made her debut at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in the 53 kg category and ranked 5th in the group B of this modality. Undoubtedly a promising athlete, Cueva hopes to obtain great results at the Lima 2019 Pan Am Games.
Chalk: The magnesium carbonate powder used on weightlifters’ hands to improve their grip and reduce slippage on the bar.
No lift: A lift that is judged unsuccessful by at least two of the three referees.