London 2012 Weightlifting Statistics

Let’s geek out about statistics.

Since good (accessible) data was nowhere to be found online I collected the data from the official London 2012 Athletes Pages, as well as the weighlifting athletes’ profiles.

You can access the raw data here: Google Docs Spreadsheet, xls Excel Spreadsheet

I encourage you to take a look at it and play around with the data. Curious to see what some of you will come up with. Maybe we can find some interesting correlations.

For example:

  • The average male super heavyweight weighs in at 139.5kg and is 185.9 cm tall.
  • The average female super heavyweight weighs in at 99.5kg and is 170.1cm tall.

Here are some of the calculations I already did with them.

Click the images to open the bigger, interactive charts.

Average Height & Age per Weight Category (Bigger Version)
Average Height Age perWeight Class


Average Age per Country (Bigger) Average Height per Country (Bigger)
Average Age per Country Average Height per Country

Here are Height and Age Distributions. These are from my work spreadsheet, which is a bit messy. You can find ineractive versions of them in there.

Men’s Height Distribution

Men’s Age Distribution

Women’s Height Distribution

Women’s Age Distribution

And some looks at the extremes:

Male Female
Youngest 17 – Mirco Scarantino 17Alberta Boatema Ampomah
Beatriz Piron
Sirivimon Pramongkhol
Jun Zhou
Khadija Mohammad
Oldest 37 – Martin Tesovic,Tom R Goegebuer 36 – Shih Hsu Huang,
Natasha Perdue
Tallest 198 cm – Velichko Cholakov 178 cm – Sarah Robles
Smallest 140 cm – Tuau Lapua Lapua 142 cm – Sirivimon Pramongkhol
Heaviest 170 kg – Velichko Cholakov 154 kg – Holley Mangold

Related: Weightlifting Statistics from the 2000-2012 Olympics

  • A

    Cool data. I was curious about the 190 cm woman, as it is a gigantic height for a woman. Since she competes in the -53kg category I think it’s safe to assume her height is 5’3 not 6’3 as reported.

    • David Griffin

      Which also happens to be 160cm instead of 190cm.

      • GregorATG

        Thanks will correct that. I was wondering about that freak of nature too.

    • Edwin

      Yeah I looked her up, she is definitely not 6’3

    • GregorATG

      Thanks for the info. Totally destroyed my hopes to seeing a lanky 190cm 53 weightlifter…

      Also updated the charts. If you find more oddities, let me know.

      • Matej Polak

        Is it correct that the average height of the 63kg women is more than those in 69kg? Average for 69 is 161.29, for 63 is 164.17.

        • Gregor

          In the Raw Data there were only 7 w63kg listed (out of the 10 who ended up competing) at the time. So the smaller data set together with 3 women being 166cm+ (166,167,168) is responsible for the result

  • [email protected]

    How can the average super heavy woman weigh 170 and the heaviest woman be 154?

    • GregorATG

      Obviously wrong. Now searching for the typo

  • phil

    Tableau on All Things Gym? +10000 points

    • GregorATG

      You know them?

      First time I used it. Pretty cool app.

  • guest

    One: as already observed, the underlying data is sometimes sketchy.
    Cholakov for example is 2.05m and his giant frame is mentioned in old Eurosport commentary where Goldstrom or Morgan note his size in foot.
    Two: the nature of the Olympics results in a somewhat skewed average as the inclusive approach lets not the respective raw world rankings compete, but includes wildcards to get global representation. In the restricted classes elite lifters tend to be shorter for their weight due to selection pressure and let’s be frank (more) usage of size building PEDs. With the supers some of the tiny (in WL terms) nations have only a few lifters anyway, and the overall strongest person is also the fattest irrespective of height (e.g. male <175cm +130kg combinations).
    TL;DR: CHN+PRK+VIE or RUS+IRI (absolute terms) would adjust those charts.