The championships actually shutdown entries a few weeks early because the number of registrants was going to surpass 900 athletes. At the end of the day, somewhere around 900 athletes competed , making it the biggest World's ever.
The competition organizers took a unique strategy to managing the huge number of lifters. In some sessions, they used two alternating platforms for sequential attempts. Yes, you are hearing it right, a lifter would almost never take two lifts in a row on the same competition platform.
Here is how it worked. There was a platform A and a platform B. The first lift of the competition would start on platform A, the second lift on platform B, then the third lift on Platform A, then the fourth lift on Platform B...Lifts were done sequentially, not simultaneously. Surprisingly, this significantly cut down the length of the session, especially, when you had multiple lifters with the same lifts. Roughly, the attempts took half the time. This is even considering the fact that lifters did not lift at the same time. All the time that is wasted between loading attempts, re-loading attempts, athletes changing weights was saved with having the two sequential platforms.
|2018 World Masters Championships Venue|
I'm sure some athletes may not have liked lifting on different platforms and bars each attempt. However, there is a psychological advantage of lifting on different platform. For example, a lifter missed their first attempt, it may help them refocus by lifting on a different platform.
It also was an advantage for lifters who had very close starting attempts. Instead of a lifter waiting minutes between their first and second attempt, due to other lifters attempting the same weight on their first attempt, the wait was about half the time.
For the audience, it made the competition more interesting to view.
This novel idea may just revolutionize the excitement of the weightlifting meet. I encourage other major events to try it.
The only thing I would change is medals for snatch, clean and jerk, and total. Medals were given only for total. Look, there is only one world championship a year, and lifters have to train hard to compete for medals. There are enough entries to support medals in each lift.
So, yeah, I won the snatch, and I want a friggin' medal for it! ;)