Kettlebell Sport – Arnold Sports Festival Australia
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

Kettlebell Sport

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 sub-maximal load, and perform as many repetitions as they can in a 10 minutes 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.

The competition events include the Snatch, Jerk, Long Cycle, Biathlon, Triathlon, Kettlebell Marathon & Kettlebell Relay

Only one hand switch is permitted in a single kettlebell 10 minute event but you can multiple hand switch in kettlebell marathon events.

Athletes have the opportunity to compete to achieve Ketacademy ranks and win medals in the Professional, Amateur and Novice division. 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. 

Each lift is worth different points to win and achieve ranks. 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.