Kettlebell Sport is a weightlifting sport performed with kettlebells that originates from Russia.  Unlike Olympic weightlifting or Power Lifting which is about maximal weight lifted, the sport of kettlebell lifting is classified as a cyclical sport where competitors have to lift a submaximal load, and perform as many repetitions as they can in a 10 minute time frame or longer to become champion.  The three classic competition lifts are the Snatch, Jerk, and the Long Cycle (Clean and Jerk).

Each lifter receives only one attempt to perform as many repetitions as they can without putting the kettlebells down. Only one hand switch is permitted in a single kettlebell 10 minute event but you can multiple hand switch in single kettlebell marathon events.

Competition events include the Snatch, Jerk, Long Cycle, Biathlon, Triathlon, Kettlebell Marathon & Kettlebell Relay.  The ‘Kettlebell Triathlon’ is a new event on the Ketacademy ranking table and was  officially launched in Australia at the 2018 Arnold Sports Festival ‘KBA Melbourne Open / WGP Australia’.

Athletes have the opportunity to achieve ranks and win medals in the Professional, Amateur and Novice divisions. Lifters need to perform a certain number of repetitions in their weight class to achieve an official Ketacademy rank.  Ranks: MSIC –Master of Sport International Class, MS – Master of Sport, CMS – Candidate for Master of Sport, Rank 1, 2 and 3.   For more details visit website:

Each lift is worth different points to win and achieve ranks. For Example Ketacademy Ranking calculation below:

  • Snatch only, Jerk only, LC, and Marathon = 1 point per lift (the person with the highest lifts wins)
  • Biathlon Jerk = 1 point, Snatch = 0.5 points (combined score wins)
  • Triathlon: Snatch 1 rep = 1 point, Jerk = 2 points, LC = 3 points
  • Note: In Triathlon to achieve rank you have to achieve a minimum number of points in each lift.
  • In the event of a tie, the lightest bodyweight will determine the winner.
  • Coefficient formula determines the absolute winner in each event.

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