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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 Naim Süleymanoğlu 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 Halil Mutlu 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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Pyrros Dimas is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Алпан Балкыш added Pyrros Dimas 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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Hossein Reza Zadeh is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Алпан Балкыш added Hossein Reza Zadeh 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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Paul Anderson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Алпан Балкыш added Paul Anderson 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 Zhabotinsky 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 Charles Vinci 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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Nurcan Taylan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Алпан Балкыш added Nurcan Taylan 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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Bünyamin Sudaş is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Vasiliy Alekseyev is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Алпан Балкыш added Vasiliy Alekseyev 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) 13 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Алпан Балкыш added Kakhi Kakhiashvili 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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Liu Chunhong is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Liu Chunhong 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
Ilya Ilyin 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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Dmitry Klokov is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Dmitry Klokov 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) 17 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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Andrei Rybakou is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Andrei Rybakou 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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Sedat Artuç is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Sedat Artuç 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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Matthias Steiner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Matthias Steiner 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 Aramnau is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Andrei Aramnau 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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Alfred Neuland is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Alfred Neuland 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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Sergey Istomin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Sergey Istomin Kazakhstan Sergey Istomin is a Kazakh weightlifter.

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Sergio Álvarez Boulet is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Sergio Álvarez Boulet Cuba Sergio Álvarez Boulet is a Cuban weightlifter. He represented Cuba at the 2000 Summer Olympics, ranking 5th. He participated in the men's -56 kg class at the 2006 World Weightlifting ...more

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Cao Lei is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Cao Lei China Cao Lei is a female Chinese weightlifter. She was born in north China's Hebei Province and was raised in northeastern Heilongjiang Province. Cao Lei started weightlifting training at the age of ...more

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Chen Wei-ling is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Chen Wei-ling Republic of China (Taiwan) Chen Wei-ling is from Tainan, Taiwan, ROC. She is an Olympic weightlifter and powerlifter.

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Oksana Slivenko is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Oksana Slivenko Russia Oxana Nikolayevna Slivenko is a Russian weightlifter. She won the silver medal at the 2005 Junior World Championships in the 63 kg category, and again at the 2006 Junior World Championships in ...more

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Diego Salazar is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Diego Salazar Colombia Diego Fernando Salazar Quintero is a Colombian weightlifter, Olympic medalist and two times gold medal winner at the Pan American Games. He was born in Tuluá, Department of Valle del ...more

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Alfred Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Alfred Schmidt Estonia Alfred Schmidt was an Estonian weightlifter and Olympic medalist. He received a silver medal at the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp.

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Ihor Razoronov is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Ihor Razoronov Ukraine Ihor Anatoliyovych Razoronov is an Olympic weightlifting from Ukraine.

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Bakhyt Akhmetov is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Bakhyt Akhmetov 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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Joseph Alzin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Joseph Alzin Luxembourg Joseph Alzin was a Luxembourgian weightlifter, competing at the Summer Olympics for Luxembourg in 1920 and the 1924 Summer Olympics. He won the silver medal at the 1920 Olympics in the ...more

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Francis Luna-Grenier is listed (or ranked) 33 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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Li Hongli is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Li Hongli China Li Hongli is a Chinese weightlifter. He is 168 cm tall. At the 2003 World Weightlifting Championships, Li Hongli won the bronze medal in the 77 kg category, with a total of 352.5 kg, after ...more

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Norair Nurikyan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Norair Nurikyan 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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Martin Tešovič is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Martin Tešovič 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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Christine Girard is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Christine Girard 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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Apti Aukhadov is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
BaruchLalaev added Apti Aukhadov Russia Apti Aukhadov is a Russian weightlifter

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Marilou Dozois-Prévost is listed (or ranked) 39 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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Abdelrahman El Sayed is listed (or ranked) 40 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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Nikolaos Kourtidis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Nikolaos Kourtidis 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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Marcin Dołęga is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Marcin Dołęga 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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Tom Goegebuer is listed (or ranked) 43 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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Marina Shainova is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Marina Shainova 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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Ri Kyong Sok is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Ri Kyong Sok North Korea Ri Kyong-Sok is a North Korean weightlifter. He competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

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Amirul Hamizan Ibrahim is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Amirul Hamizan Ibrahim Malaysia Amirul Hamizan Ibrahim is a Malaysian weightlifter. His biggest achievement is winning three gold medals in the 56-kilogram category at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester. At the 2008 ...more

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Ahed Joughili is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Ahed Joughili Syria Ahed Joughili is a Syrian weightlifter, who competed in the 105 kg division at the 2008 Summer Olympics and 2012 Summer Olympics. Joughili won a silver medal at the 2005 Mediterranean Games and ...more

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Mubarak Kivumbi is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting

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Lu Ying-chi is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Lu Ying-chi Republic of China (Taiwan) Lu Ying-chi is a female weightlifter from Taiwan. At the 2006 World Weightlifting Championships she ranked 8th in the 63 kg category with a total of 215 kg. She won the bronze medal in the 63 kg ...more

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Dmitry Lapikov is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Dmitry Lapikov 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