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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 include everything from Cheryl Haworth to Alfred Neuland.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Olympic weightlifting athletes?" and "Who is the best weightlifting competitor of all time?"

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Naim Süleymanoğlu is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
KenanAlparslan added Naim Süleymanoğlu age 50

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Halil Mutlu is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
KenanAlparslan added Halil Mutlu age 43

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Bünyamin Sudaş is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Bünyamin Sudaş age 41

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Ilya Ilyin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Ilya Ilyin age 28

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Andrei Rybakou is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting

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Romela Begaj is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Romela Begaj age 30

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Cha Kum Chol is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Cha Kum Chol age 28

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Ahed Joughili is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Ahed Joughili age 32

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Wang Shin-Yuan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting

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David Mercer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
David Mercer age 55

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Apti Aukhadov is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
BaruchLalaev added Apti Aukhadov age 24

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Sergio Álvarez Boulet is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting

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Alfred Neuland is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Alfred Neuland Died at 71 (1895-1966)

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Oksana Slivenko is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting

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Francis Luna-Grenier is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Francis Luna-Grenier age 29

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Chad Vaughn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Chad Vaughn age 36

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Jasvir Singh is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Jasvir Singh age 39

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Cao Lei is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Cao Lei age 33

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Liu Chunhong is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Liu Chunhong age 32

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Chen Wei-ling is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Chen Wei-ling age 35

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Diego Salazar is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Diego Salazar age 36

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Ihor Razoronov is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting

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Sergey Istomin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting

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Joseph Alzin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Joseph Alzin Died at 37 (1893-1930)

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Bakhyt Akhmetov is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting

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Li Hongli is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Li Hongli age 36

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Alfred Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Alfred Schmidt Died at 74 (1898-1972)

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Matthias Steiner is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting

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Andrei Aramnau is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting

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Oleksiy Torokhtiy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting

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Martin Tešovič is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting

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Christine Girard is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting

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Norair Nurikyan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting

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Marilou Dozois-Prévost is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Marilou Dozois-Prévost age 30

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Nikolaos Kourtidis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting

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Abdelrahman El Sayed is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Abdelrahman El Sayed age 26

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Marina Shainova is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting

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Tom Goegebuer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Tom Goegebuer age 42

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Amirul Hamizan Ibrahim is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting

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Ri Kyong Sok is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting

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Mohsen Biranvand is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Mohsen Biranvand age 35

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Marcin Dołęga is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting

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Lu Ying-chi is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Lu Ying-chi age 32

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Dmitry Lapikov is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting

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Mubarak Kivumbi is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting

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Albert Kuzilov is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting

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Gert Trasha is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Gert Trasha age 29

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

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Carissa Gump is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
Carissa Gump age 33

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Tigran Vardan Martirosyan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting