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Naim Suleymanoglu - Famous Olympic Weightlifter


Full Name: Naim Suleymanoglu

Date of Birth: 23 rd January, 1967

Country: Turkey

Sport involved in: Weightlifting

Achievements made:

  • Gold medalist in the featherweight category of the weightlifting competition at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games
  • Winner of gold medal in the featherweight weightlifting event at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games
  • Gold medal winner in the featherweight weightlifting event at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics
  • Winner of seven World Weightlifting Championships
  • Winner of six European Championships
  • Awarded with the Olympic Order in 2001
  • Career: Naim Suleymanoglu started weightlifting at an early age. Suleymanoglu set the first world record of his career when he was only 16 years old. He lifted a weight three times of his own body weight in the clean and jerk event. he became the second lifter in the history of weightlifting to achieve this. Suleymanoglu was often called as “The Pocket Hercules” because of his small physique. He could not participate in the1984 Los Angeles Summer Games as a consequence of the Olympic boycott by Bulgaria. In the 1988 Seoul Summer Games , Suleymanoglu competed in the featherweight weightlifting competition. In the Games, he won the first Olympic title of his career. In 1989, he won the World Weightlifting Championships. After the 1989 World Championships, Suleymanoglu announced his retirement from the sport. He returned to competitive weightlifting in 1991. In the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics , he won the second Olympic gold medal of his career. In his next appearance at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games , Suleymanoglu won his third Olympic title in the featherweight weightlifting event. After the 1996 Games, he again retired from the sport. Suleymanoglu reappeared in the 2000 Sydney Summer Games . This time he could not win any medal in the competition.

    Performance at the Olympics: Naim Suleymanoglu participated in the featherweight weightlifting competition at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games . He won gold medal in the event by 30 kilogram margin of victory. During the competition, he broke the world records in the snatch and the clean and jerk events. In the 1992 Barcelona Olympics , Suleymanoglu successfully defended his Olympic title defeating Nikolay Peshalov of Bulgaria by 15 kilogram. During the weightlifting competition at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games , he had a tough competition with Valerios Leonidis of Greece. however Suleymanoglu won the third gold medal of his career defeating Leonidis. In the process, he broke his own world record. Suleymanoglu attempted to win his fourth Olympic gold medal in the featherweight category at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games . In the Games, he tried thrice to lift the weight of 145 kilogram. After his unsuccessful attempts he was disqualified from the event.

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