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This is a list of the best weightlifting Olympic athletes of all time, with photos of the athletes when available. The famous weightlifting event Olympians on this list are all regarded as some of the toughest athletes to have ever competed at the Olympics. Almost every one of these historic weightlifting Olympians have taken home a medal, which is why they've earned a spot on this list.

Only the greatest weightlifting Olympic athletes are featured on the front page of this list, so be sure to vote for who you believe are the best weightlifting athletes and vote down the ones you disagree with. Athletes on this list include everyone from Cheryl Haworth to Alfred Neuland.

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Naim Süleymanoğlu is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
KenanAlparslan added Turkey, Bulgaria Naim Süleymanoğlu is a Turkish World and Olympic Champion in weightlifting. Nicknamed “The Pocket Hercules”, he became the strongest man ever, pound-for-pound, by lifting 3.17 times of his ...more

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Halil Mutlu is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
KenanAlparslan added Turkey Halil Mutlu is a professional Turkish weightlifter with several World and Olympic championships. Mutlu is one of the four weightlifters achieving three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic ...more

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Hossein Reza Zadeh is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Алпан Балкыш added Hossein Rezazadeh is a retired Iranian Olympic weightlifter. Rezazadeh is a 2 time Olympic champion, 4 time World Weightlifting champion, and 2 time Asian Games champion. He is also a world ...more

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Pyrros Dimas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Алпан Балкыш added Greece Pyrros Dimas is a retired Albanian-born Greek weightlifter, and currently involved in politics, as a member of the Greek parliament, representing the Panhellenic Socialist Movement. Dimas is ...more

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Paul Anderson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Алпан Балкыш added United States of America Paul Edward Anderson was an American weightlifter, strongman, and powerlifter. He is an Olympic gold medalist, World Champion and two time National Champion in Olympic weightlifting. Anderson ...more

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Leonid Zhabotinsky is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Алпан Балкыш added Leonid Ivanovych Zhabotynsky was a Soviet Union weightlifter who set 17 world records in the superheavyweight class, and won gold medals at the 1964 and 1968 Olympics.

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Zhou Lulu is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Алпан Балкыш added Zhou Lulu China Zhou Lulu is a Chinese weightlifter. On November 13th, 2011, she won the gold medal in the women's super heavyweight category and set an aggregate world record of 328 kg in the snatch and clean ...more

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Charles Vinci is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Алпан Балкыш added United States of America Charles Robert Vinci, Jr. is an American weightlifter and Olympic champion.

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Waldemar Baszanowski is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Алпан Балкыш added Waldemar Baszanowski Waldemar Romuald Baszanowski, born in Grudziądz, was a Polish weightlifter, one of the most decorated of all time. He set 24 world records and 61 records of Poland. won gold medals at the 1964 ...more

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Vasiliy Alekseyev is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Алпан Балкыш added Russia, Soviet Union Vasiliy Ivanovich Alekseyev was a weightlifter from the Soviet Union. He set 80 world records and 81 Soviet records in weightlifting and won gold medals at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich and ...more

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Kakhi Kakhiashvili is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Алпан Балкыш added Akakios Kakiasvilis or Kakhi Kakhiashvili, a Georgian-Greek weightlifter, is one of only four weightlifters to have won three consecutive gold medals at Olympic Games. He won his first at ...more

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Bünyamin Sudaş is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Bünyamin Sudaş Turkey Bünyamin Sudaş, aka Bünyami Sudaş, is a Turkish weightlifter competing in the 105 kg division. Bünyamin Sudaş is 1.76 m tall and weighs 104 kg. He is a member of ASKI Sport Club ...more

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Nurcan Taylan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Алпан Балкыш added Turkey Nurcan Taylan is a Turkish Olympic, world and European champion in weightlifting. She holds six European and one world record. She was born in Mamak, Ankara as the third child of a poor family ...more

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Liu Chunhong is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
China Liu Chunhong is a Chinese weightlifter. At the 2003 World Weightlifting Championships she won in the 69 kg category with a total of ten new world records and junior world records. She competed ...more

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Ilya Ilyin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Kazakhstan Ilya Aleksandrovich Ilyin is a Kazakh weightlifter. Ilyin has won two Olympic championships and four world championships. He is currently the world and Olympic record holder in both the clean ...more

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Lasha Talakhadze is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
IvaneLolashvili added Lasha Talakhadze Georgian

Georgian

Lasha Talakhadze (Georgian: ლაშა ტალახაძე; born 2 October 1993) is a Georgian weightlifter, Olympic Champion[3], and three time World Champion competing in the super-heavyweight category (105 kg + until 2018[4][4] and 109 kg + starting in 2018 after the International Weightlifting Federation reorganized the categories). 

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Nikolaos Kourtidis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Greece Nikolaos Kourtidis is a Greek weightlifter of Georgian origin. At age eighteen, Kourtidis made his official debut for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, representing the host nation Greece. He ...more

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Sedat Artuç is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Turkey Sedat Artuç is a Turkish European champion in weightlifting. He is winner of silver medal in World championship and of bronze medal at the 2004 Olympics. Artuç, 1.63 m tall, is a ...more

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Alfred Neuland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Estonia Alfred Karl Neuland was a weightlifter and Olympic champion from Valga, Estonia. He won gold medal at the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, and obtained a silver medal at the 1924 Summer Olympics ...more

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Francis Luna-Grenier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Francis Luna-Grenier Canada Francis Luna-Grenier is a Canadian weightlifter. He qualified for the men's lightweight category at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, by finishing fourth from the Pan American Weightlifting ...more

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Bakhyt Akhmetov is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Kazakhstan Bakhyt Beshimbekovich Akhmetov is a Kazakhstani weightlifter. He is a three-time Olympian and a two-time medalist for the 94 and 105 kg classes at the Asian Games. Formerly a member of the ...more

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Dmitry Klokov is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Russia Dmitriy Vyacheslavovich Klokov is a Russian weightlifter competing in the 105 kg category. He is 182 cm tall. Klokov was born in Balashikha, Moscow Oblast. He is the son of World Champion ...more

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Romela Begaj is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Romela Begaj Albania Romela Begaj is a female Albanian weightlifter. On 11 November 2014 in Almaty she became world champion in the Snatch style for the category up to 63 kg. Previously Begaj represented Albania at ...more

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Christine Girard is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Canada Christine Girard is a Canadian weightlifter from White Rock, British Columbia. She competes in the 63 kg division. Girard was the first Canadian female to win a medal in weightlifting when she ...more

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Marilou Dozois-Prévost is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Marilou Dozois-Prévost Canada Marilou Dozois-Prévost is a Canadian weightlifter. Dozois-Prévost won a silver medal in the women's 48 kg division at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia. She ...more

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Matthias Steiner is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Germany, Austria Matthias Steiner is a retired Austrian-German weightlifter, and Olympic gold medalist. As a native Austrian, he competed for Austria internationally from 1998 to 2005, in European Championships, ...more

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Andrei Rybakou is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Belarus Andrei Rybakou is a Belarusian weightlifter who won silver medals in Men's 85 kg at the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics, setting a world record at the 2008 Olympics. In April 2006 he won the ...more

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Carissa Gump is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
United States of America Carissa Gump is an American weightlifter. She is a multiple-time American record holder, a five-time consecutive American Open champion, and a resident athlete of the U.S. Olympic Training ...more

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Jean Elisabeth Lassen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Jean Elisabeth Lassen Canada Jeane Elisabeth Lassen is a Canadian weightlifter. Lassen is originally from Whitehorse, Yukon. She is one of few Yukon athletes to break into the world scene. However, she was born in Victoria, ...more

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Cheryl Haworth is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
United States of America Cheryl Ann Haworth is an Olympic weightlifter for the United States.

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Melanie Roach is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
United States of America Melanie Roach is an Olympic weightlifter for the United States. She lives in Bonney Lake, Washington where she owns Roach Gymnastics, Inc. During high school, Melanie participated in gymnastics, ...more

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Norair Nurikyan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Armenia Norair Nurikyan was a Bulgarian weightlifter of Armenian descent. He is a two-time Olympic Champion and was awarded the Hero of Socialist Labor of Bulgaria and Order of the Bulgaria, First ...more

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Alla Vazhenina is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Kazakhstan Alla Vazhenina is a Russian weightlifter competing for Kazakhstan. She was born in Shadrinsk, Kurgan Oblast. When she was not selected for the Russian national team, she decided to compete for ...more

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Chad Vaughn is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Chad Vaughn Chad Vaughn is an Olympic Weightlifter from Oklahoma. Currently he is ranked number one in the United States as a part of the 77 kg body weight class. He was a member of the 2004 Olympic team in ...more

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David Mark Berger is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
United States of America, Israel David Mark Berger was an American-born Israeli weightlifter for the Israeli Olympic team in 1972. A lawyer by education, Berger was one of 11 members of Israel’s Olympic team who were taken ...more

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Tigran Vardan Martirosyan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Armenia Tigran Vardan Martirosyan is an Armenian weightlifter. He is 175 cm tall. Martirosyan was awarded the Honored Master of Sports of Armenia title in 2009.

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Mohsen Biranvand is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Mohsen Biranvand Iran Mohsen Beiranvand is an Iranian weightlifter. At the 2004 Summer Olympics, he participated in the 105 kg category, but failed in the snatch competition. He ranked 14th in the 105 kg category at ...more

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Natalie Woolfolk is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
United States of America Natalie Burgener is a U.S. weightlifter. She is a multiple-time American record-holder, a four-time national weightlifting champion, and a resident athlete of the U.S. Olympic Training Center in ...more

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Andrei Aramnau is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Belarus Andrei Nikolayevich Aramnau is a weightlifter and current world record holder from Belarus. He won silver in the 94 kg category at the 2006 Junior World Championships, with a total of 393 kg. At ...more

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David Mercer is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Kingdom of Great Britain David Mercer is a weightlifter from Great Britain. He competed for Great Britain in the 1984 Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles, United States in the Middle-heavyweight event where he finished ...more

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Sergey Istomin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Kazakhstan Sergey Istomin is a Kazakh weightlifter.

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Kendrick Farris is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Kendrick Farris United States of America Kendrick Farris is a U.S. weightlifter. He competed for the United States in the 85 kg weight class at the 2008 Summer Olympics where he placed 8th. Farris is coached by Kyle Pierce. Farris ...more

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Apti Aukhadov is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
BaruchLalaev added Apti Aukhadov Russia Apti Aukhadov is a Russian weightlifter

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Martin Tešovič is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Slovakia Martin Tešovič is a weightlifter from Slovakia who competed from the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s. He competed three times for his native country at the Summer Olympics: 1996 and 2004 and 2012 ...more

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Marcin Dołęga is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Poland Marcin Dołęga is a Polish weightlifter in the 105 kg weight division. He broke the snatch world record in 2002 with 198 kg, and in 2006 with 199 kg. In 2004 Dołęga was banned for two years ...more

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Marina Shainova is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Russia Marina Vladimirovna Shainova is a Russian weightlifter. Shainova won the Junior World Championships twice, 2005 in the 58 kg category, and 2006 in the 63 kg category. She competed in the Women's ...more

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Abdelrahman El Sayed is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Abdelrahman El Sayed Egypt Abdelrahman El-Sayed is an Egyptian weightlifter. El-Sayed represented Egypt at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, where he competed for the men's heavyweight category. El-Sayed placed ...more

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Tom Goegebuer is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Tom Goegebuer Belgium Tom Goegebuer is a Belgian weightlifter competing in the 62 kg and 56 kg category. He is 164 cm tall He competed in Weightlifting at the 2008 Summer Olympics in the 56 kg division finishing ...more

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Oleksiy Torokhtiy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Ukraine Oleksiy Torokhtiy is a Ukrainian weightlifter. He won the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the men's 105 kg category with a total of 412 kg. He finished in 11th place at the 2008

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Dmitry Lapikov is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Russia Dmitry Valentinovich Lapikov is a Russian weightlifter competing in the 105 kg category. At the 2005 World Championships he ranked 4th, with a total of 408 kg. He won gold in the snatch, silver ...more