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Which weightlifting shoe won the most medals at the Tokyo Olympics?

The Tokyo 2020+1 Olympics are over. The weightlifting competition was exciting with lots of ups and downs from both athletes and judges. Forty two athletes won medals. We all know the medalists, but do you know which shoe (brand and color) won?

Rest assured, there are no secrets. Here is a medal tally for weightlifting shoe brands (manufacturers) and colors in the Tokyo 2020+1 Olympics.

Which weightlifting shoe won the most medals at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Infographic

Which weightlifting shoe brand won the most medals in the Tokyo 2020+1 Olympics?

It was Nike, with 22 medals; twice as much as the next one, Anta (10 medals). Athletes chose Nike Romaleos 2 (18 medals) or Romaleos 4 (4 medals).

Anta however won more (6) gold medals (Nike won 5).

The other 6 brands won 1-3 medals each.

Total number of medals for weightlifting shoes manufacturers:

Weightlifting shoe brand
Nike
Anta
Reebok
Asics
Adidas
Velaasa
VS Athletics
Custom
Gold medals*
Weightlifting shoe brand
Nike
5
Anta
6
Reebok
1
Asics
2
Adidas
0
Velaasa
0
VS Athletics
0
Custom
0
Silver medals*
Weightlifting shoe brand
Nike
9
Anta
2
Reebok
2
Asics
0
Adidas
0
Velaasa
1
VS Athletics
0
Custom
0
Bronze medals*
Weightlifting shoe brand
Nike
8
Anta
2
Reebok
0
Asics
0
Adidas
2
Velaasa
0
VS Athletics
1
Custom
1
Total*
Weightlifting shoe brand
Nike
22
Anta
10
Reebok
3
Asics
2
Adidas
2
Velaasa
1
VS Athletics
1
Custom
1

Tokyo 2020 weightlifting shoe brands: women versus men

Are there any differences between the weightlifting shoes chosen by women medalists versus men medalists?

Yep. Women medalists chose 7 different brands while men medalist only 4.

Also, only women wore Asics, and only men wore Reebok.

Weightlifting shoe brand
Nike
Anta
Reebok
Asics
Adidas
Velaasa
VS Athletics
Custom
Women*
Weightlifting shoe brand
Nike
11
Anta
4
Reebok
0
Asics
2
Adidas
1
Velaasa
1
VS Athletics
1
Custom
1
Man*
Weightlifting shoe brand
Nike
11
Anta
6
Reebok
3
Asics
0
Adidas
1
Velaasa
0
VS Athletics
0
Custom
0
Total*
Weightlifting shoe brand
Nike
22
Anta
10
Reebok
3
Asics
2
Adidas
2
Velaasa
1
VS Athletics
1
Custom
1

Does the brand choice differ between weight classes?

If we collapse weight classes into light (W49, W55, M61, M67), middle (W59, W64, W76, M73, M81, M96), and heavy (W87, W87+, M109, M109+), we get 12 or 18 spots available for a brand to be taken.

The proportion of brands used by each weight class was pretty much the same. If anything, maybe heavy-weight medalists used slightly more Nike shoes.

Weightlifting shoe brand
Nike
Anta
Other
Light weight*
Weightlifting shoe brand
Nike
6
Anta
3
Other
2
Middle weight*
Weightlifting shoe brand
Nike
9
Anta
5
Other
4
Heavy weight*
Weightlifting shoe brand
Nike
7
Anta
2
Other
3
Total*
Weightlifting shoe brand
Nike
22
Anta
10
Other
9

The most niche brands used by the medalists

Let’s have a look at the shoes used only by one medalist.

There were 3 medalists who have chosen unique shoes for their Olympic performance. All of them were women.

All three athletes have been using these shoes for some time before the Olympics, and were surly well accustomed to them and felt comfortable. It clearly payed off.

Black was definitely the most popular color of weightlifting shoes (16 medals), followed by red (9 medals) and white (6 medals). Red won the most gold medals, but black took first in silver and bronze tally.

Medal tally for shoe colors:

Weightlifting shoe color
Black
Red
White
Yellow
Blue
Gold
Pink
Orange
Gold medal*
Weightlifting shoe color
Black
4
Red
5
White
3
Yellow
1
Blue
0
Gold
1
Pink
0
Orange
0
Silver medal*
Weightlifting shoe color
Black
5
Red
3
White
2
Yellow
1
Blue
2
Gold
0
Pink
1
Orange
0
Bronze medal*
Weightlifting shoe color
Black
7
Red
1
White
1
Yellow
2
Blue
2
Gold
0
Pink
0
Orange
1
Total*
Weightlifting shoe color
Black
16
Red
9
White
6
Yellow
4
Blue
4
Gold
1
Pink
1
Orange
1

Weightlifting medalists shoes’ colors: Women vs men

For women medalists, the most popular choice of color was white, with black and red closely following. Most men medalists chose black.

Weightlifting shoe color
Black
Red
White
Yellow
Blue
Gold
Pink
Orange
Women*
Weightlifting shoe color
Black
5
Red
4
White
6
Yellow
2
Blue
2
Gold
0
Pink
1
Orange
1
Men*
Weightlifting shoe color
Black
11
Red
5
White
0
Yellow
2
Blue
2
Gold
1
Pink
0
Orange
0
Total*
Weightlifting shoe color
Black
16
Red
9
White
6
Yellow
4
Blue
4
Gold
1
Pink
1
Orange
1

Does the color choice differ between weight classes?

If we collapse weight classes into light (W49, W55, M61, M67), middle (W59, W64, W76, M73, M81, M96), and heavy (W87, W87+, M109, M109+), we get 12 or 18 spots available for a color to be taken.

Light-weight class athletes were mostly choosing between black and red. Middle-weight class athletes had the most fun, with half of them using a color different from black. Most heavy-weight class athletes used black weightlifting shoes.

Weightlifting shoe color
Black
Red
White
Other
Light weight*
Weightlifting shoe color
Black
4
Red
4
White
2
Other
2
Middle weight*
Weightlifting shoe color
Black
6
Red
2
White
2
Other
8
Heavy weight*
Weightlifting shoe color
Black
7
Red
3
White
1
Other
1
Total*
Weightlifting shoe color
Black
17
Red
9
White
5
Other
11

The most niche shoe colors used by the weightlifting medalists

Three special shoe colors has won medals in the Tokyo 2020+1 Olympics weightlifting competition:

Also, this list couldn’t be complete without Emily Campbell’s custom decorated pair of white Nikes. If you want to see these gorgeous shoes, meet the designer and have a sneak peek behind the scenes hit here.

How to choose weightlifting shoes based on the evidence from the Tokyo 2020+1 Olympics

Now the most important part of this article - how to apply all this new knowledge to yourself? We will now use the statistical example gathered from the Tokyo Olympics’ medalists to choose weightlifting shoes for you.

Here are your “evidence-based” weightlifting shoes recommendations:

You should chose Nike in white color if you are a woman, or in black or red if you are a man. But if you are only aiming for gold, Anta may be a better choice.

If you think that the weight class is more important, then you should chose black or red shoes if you are light-weight class athlete, or black if you are a heavy-weight class athlete. If you are middle-weight class athlete you should find your own color (other than black, red, or white).

Especially, if you are not particular about the color of your medal, then choosing a custom or niche brand, or color can be a great talisman too.

Best of luck for the next Olympics!

How to choose weightlifting shoes based on the evidence from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Infographic

Disclaimer

Of course, all of this analysis is just for laughs and has absolutely no use. Athletes put many years of hard work into their Olympic preparation. Also, many other circumstances influence medals won MORE than the shoes athlete wears on the day. Or does it?

Happy lifting, Alex

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