IWF 2018

The International Weightlifting Federation or IWF is the current international governing body of the general as well as Olympic weightlifting. The International Weightlifting Federation holds its annual competition of weightlifting each year. And this year is no exception, as they are now organizing the IWF World Championships 2018 in Ashgabat, the capital city of Turkmenistan, from 1st to 10th November 2018.

Founded in 1905, the governing body of weightlifting currently has its headquarter in Budapest, Hungary. But even before that, the first ever World Weightlifting Championships took place in March 1891 in London. According to the IWF World Championships history, English weightlifter Edward Lawrence Levy has won the tournament that year.

Background of the IWF World Championships 2018

International Weightlifting Federation or IWF was first established as the Fédération Haltéphile International or FHI in 1905. But, the federation changed to its current name between the 1972 and 1976 Summer Olympics. Besides being a member of the International Olympic Committee, Tamás Aján currently holds the presidential chair of the federation.

The IWF currently has five continental federations under its control – Weightlifting Federation of Africa, Asian Weightlifting Federation, European Weightlifting Federation, Oceania Weightlifting Federation, and Pan American Weightlifting Confederation. And according to the IWF World Championships 2018 wiki stats, weightlifters representing all of these five continentals will compete to win the prestigious medals this year.

IWF World Championships 2018 Categories

Weightlifters competed in 15 different categories (8 for males and 7 for females) in the earlier edition of the IWF World Championships. But since this year, the competition will be organized in 20 categories (10 for males and 10 for females) having 3 events (snatch, clean & Jerk, and total) each.

Men weightlifting categories are – 55 kg, 61 kg, 67 kg, 73 kg, 81 kg, 89 kg, 96 kg, 102 kg, 109 kg, and +109 kg. And, women weightlifting categories are – 45 kg, 49 kg, 55 kg, 59 kg, 64 kg, 71 kg, 76 kg, 81 kg, 87kg, and +87 kg.

IWF World Championships statistics [Last 10 editions]

After the first ever World Weightlifting Championships in 1891, the tournament took place for the second time in 1898. The tournament again took a short break from 1899 and 1903. And since then, the tournament was held each year until 1913 before it started again in 1920. The International Weightlifting Federation has organized its annual event each year after that.

However, the weightlifting tournaments held during the 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, and 1984 Summer Olympics are counted as the IWF World Championships of that corresponding year. Till 1990, the men’s and women’s edition of the championship was organized in separate venues in separate dates each year. But the federation started the mixed events since 1991. Check out the detailed statistics of the last ten editions of the IWF World Championships:

Year Dates Host Men Women
Athletes Countries Athletes Countries
2005 9th to 17th November Qatar Doha, Qatar 169 58 112 42
2006 30th September to 7th October Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 298 58 186 39
2007 17th to 26th September Chiang Mai, Thailand 355 70 225 53
2009 20th to 29th November Goyang, South Korea 196 57 133 38
2010 17th to 26th September Antalya, Turkey 312 63 203 50
2011 5th to 13th November Paris, France 307 75 212 61
2013 20th to 27th October Wrocław, Poland 168 49 124 37
2014 8th to 16th November Almaty, Kazakhstan 307 62 219 51
2015 20th to 28th November Houston, United States 324 76 261 72
2017 28th November to 5th December Anaheim, United States 176 54 139 44

IWF World Championships All-time Medal Table

China and the Soviet Union are the two main dominant forces at the IWF World Championships each year. But sadly, both of the countries were not able to participate in the last edition of the championship as they faced ban after tested positive of using banned substances. Thailand, on the other hand, has competed last year in their full glory and has achieved 15 medals in total. Here are the top 10 nations having most number of medals in the IWF World Championships all-time table:

Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  China 165 74 37 276
2  Soviet Union 151 90 33 274
3  Bulgaria 79 82 63 224
4  United States 40 49 31 120
5  Russia 37 47 33 117
6  Austria 32 27 31 90
7  Germany 27 39 30 96
8  Poland 25 38 56 119
9  Iran 21 11 26 58
10  Kazakhstan 15 6 7 28

Multiple medalists in IWF World Championships

Legendary Soviet weightlifter Vasily Ivanovich Alekseyev has won the most number of medals at the IWF World Championships. Besides, he set 81 soviet records including 80 new world records in weightlifting during his heydays. Here are the top 10 multiple medalists of the World Weightlifting Championships:

Weightlifter Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
Vasily Alekseyev  Soviet Union 8 0 0 8
Yurik Vardanyan  Soviet Union 7 1 0 8
Naim Süleymanoğlu  Bulgaria /  Turkey 7 1 0 8
Josef Grafl  Austria 6 2 0 8
Tommy Kono  United States 6 1 1 8
John Davis  United States 6 1 0 7
Yoshinobu Miyake  Japan 6 0 1 7
David Rigert  Soviet Union 6 0 1 7
Waldemar Baszanowski  Poland 5 5 0 10
Arkady Vorobyov  Soviet Union 5 2 1 8

IWF World Championships 2018 Conclusion

This year, the weightlifters will compete in the state-of-the-art venues in Ashgabat which was originally constructed for the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG). The IWF has also provided financial contribution to its Continental Federations to boost the development of the weightlifting sport. So it is now expected that the IWF World Championships 2018 will deliver a great set of performances in the events. Besides, the fans are also now expecting the rise of some great new weightlifters.