How to qualify for the Paris Olympics in weightlifting

To qualify in weightlifting at the Paris Olympics, an athlete must rank in the top 10 of his or her weight class based on the official International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Olympic qualification rankings. The rankings are based on the highest total achieved at a number of IWF-sanctioned international competitions held since the Tokyo Olympics. 

Nations can only enter a maximum of one athlete per weight class. As a result, only one athlete per nation can appear on the IWF Olympic rankings. 

Nations can enter a maximum of six athletes (three men and three women) across all events at the Paris Olympics.

A total of 120 athletes will compete in weightlifting in Paris, 12 per weight class. 100 will qualify via the IWF Olympic rankings, while an additional 20 spots are reserved for a variety of other conditions, including host nation athletes and athletes from underrepresented regions. 

Athletes qualified from Team USA

As of early March, six American weightlifters (one man and five women) are on track to qualify for the Paris Games. However, as nations can only enter a maximum of three athletes per gender, the U.S. would be unable to send all five women to Paris, should all five remain eligible.

  • Hampton Morris, men's 61kg (135 lbs.)
  • Jourdan Delacruz, women's 49kg (108 lbs.)
  • Taylor Turner Wilkins, women's 59kg (130 lbs.)
  • Olivia Reeves, women's 71kg (157 lbs.)
  • Mattie Rogers, women's 81kg (179 lbs.)
  • Mary Theisen-Lappen, Women's 81+kg (179+ lbs.)