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On this page you will find several pictures in connection with weightlifting.  
I don't know the sources of all pictures. Some of them were send to me, others were taken from the web, .... 
If anybody thinks that I have violated any copyrights, please let me know and I'll remove them.  

Maybe the best looking super heavyweight athlete ever.
One of the strongest also. Several times world champion and world record holder. 

Absolute best results: 206 kg snatch (1983), 265 kg jerk (1984) and a 465 kg total (1984 Varna)


Naim Suleymanoglu
Probably the most famous weightlifter of all times. 
He was born in 1967 in Bulgaria as "Naim Suleymanov" but his parents were Turkish and later he decided to change his name to "Naum Shalamanov". 
He was only 15 years old when he broke his first senior world record!     In 1984, at the age of 17, he became the second lifter to clean and jerk three times his bodyweight.  If  Bulgaria hadn't boycotted the Olympic Games from 1984 than he would surely have conquered a first Olympic title.

In 1986, Suleymanoglu defected to Turkey, changed his name to" Naim Suleymanoglu" and represented Turkey at the 1988 Olympics. He won the gold medal in the class till 60 kg with a total greater than that of the winner of the 67.5 kg class. 

At the Barcelona Olympics 1992 the 1.47m tall "pocket Hercules" beat Peshalov by 15kg. 

In 1996, at the Atlanta Olympics, Suleymanoglu won the duel with Greek Valerios Leonidis and earned his third gold medal by breaking his own world record. 

Suleymanoglu tried to win a fourth gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, but he missed three times while trying to snatch 145kg and was eliminated 

More pictures and a movie on the  IOC-site.

Nikolay Pechalov:
The only man that defeated Suleymanoglu (at the 1992 and 2000 European Championships) was Nikolay Peshalov of Bulgaria



Talking about full squats....

Polish Barbara Sachmacinska (1983)

Turkish Bilgin (-48 kg/ 53 kg), always making me hold my breath  turn with her nearly twisted elbow.


Two Japanese kamikaze-lifts. Nice shots from the ripsteelorganisation



Extremely muscled Indonesian 69 kg lifter, Erwin Abdullah  


Even though I restricted my webpage to weightlifting , I did add a picture from a Belgian powerlifter. 
His bodysize is so exceptional that I wanted to show you. He is probably the heaviest international athlete ever.

Florent Veldeman is a  205 cm tall giant. His exact bodyweight is not known because weighing scales can't handle weight more than 200 kg! His best lift is the Bench-press, with 265 kg.  






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