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The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting  

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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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Pyrros Dimas is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Lasha Talakhadze is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Hossein Reza Zadeh is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Kakhi Kakhiashvili is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Vasiliy Alekseyev is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Nurcan Taylan is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Paul Anderson is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Bünyamin Sudaş is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Charles Vinci is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Leonid Zhabotinsky is listed (or ranked) 12 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) 13 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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Waldemar Baszanowski is listed (or ranked) 14 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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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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Sedat Artuç is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Matthias Steiner is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Dmitry Klokov is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Liu Chunhong is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Alfred Neuland is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Natalie Woolfolk is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Christine Girard is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Tigran Vardan Martirosyan is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Apti Aukhadov is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting
BaruchLalaev added Apti Aukhadov Russia
Apti Aukhadov is a Russian weightlifter
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Andrei Aramnau is listed (or ranked) 25 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