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The Best Olympic Athletes in Weightlifting

Updated May 25, 2020 5.7k votes 1.0k voters 20.7k views

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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  • 1
    Naim Süleymanoğlu
    642
    125

    Naim Süleymanoğlu

    Turkey, Bulgaria

    Age52

    Date Of Birth1967-01-23

    Place Of BirthBulgaria,Earth,Europe,European Union,Eastern Europe

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionWeightlifting at the 1992 Summer Olympics - Men's Featherweight 56-60 kg,Weightlifting at the 1988 Summer Olympics - Men's Featherweight 56-60 kg,Weightlifting at the 1996 Summer Olympics - Men's Featherweight 59-64 kg

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Weightlifting, Featherweight 56-60kg,Men's Weightlifting, Featherweight 59-64kg

    Olympic Medalist Games1992 Summer Olympics,1988 Summer Olympics,1996 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Naim Süleymanoğlu (born Naim Suleimanov; 23 January 1967 – 18 November 2017) was a Turkish... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Halil Mutlu
    434
    158

    Age45

    Date Of Birth1973-07-14

    Place Of BirthBulgaria,Earth,Europe,European Union,Eastern Europe

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionWeightlifting at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's Bantamweight -56 kg,Weightlifting at the 2000 Summer Olympics - Men's Bantamweight -56 kg

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Weightlifting, Bantamweight -56kg

    Olympic Medalist Games2004 Summer Olympics,2000 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Halil Mutlu (born Halil Aliev (Bulgarian: Халил Алиев) on July 14, 1973 in Postnik, Bulgaria)... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Lasha Talakhadze
    256
    115

    Lasha Talakhadze

    Georgian

    Age25

    Olympic CountryGeorgia

    Date Of Birth1993

    Place Of BirthSachkhere, Georgia

    Olympic SportWeightlifting

    Weight105+

    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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    Pyrros Dimas
    224
    127

    Pyrros Dimas

    Greece

    Age47

    Date Of Birth1971-10-13

    Place Of BirthHimarë,Albania,Vlorë District,Vlorë County,Earth

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionWeightlifting at the 1992 Summer Olympics - Men's Light Heavyweight 75-82.5 kg,Weightlifting at the 1996 Summer Olympics - Men's Light Weightlifting 76- 83 kg,Weightlifting at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's Light Heavyweight 77- 85 kg,Weightlifting at the 2000 Summer Olympics - Men's Light Heavyweight 77- 85 kg

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Weightlifting, Light Heavyweight 75-82.5kg,Men's Weightlifting, Light Heavyweight 76- 83 kg,Men's Weightlifting

    Olympic Medalist Games1992 Summer Olympics,1996 Summer Olympics,2004 Summer Olympics,2000 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal,Bronze medal

    Pyrros Dimas (Greek: Πύρρος Δήμας; pronounced [piros ðimas]; born 13 October 1971) is a Greek... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Kakhi Kakhiashvili (Georgian: კახი კახიაშვილი, Greek: Ακάκιος Κακιασβίλης; born 13 July 1969... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    81
    45

    Age35

    Date Of Birth1983-10-29

    Place Of BirthAnkara,Turkey,Ankara Province,Europe,Asia

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionWeightlifting at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Women's 48 kg

    Olympic Medalist EventWomen's Weightlifting, 48kg

    Olympic Medalist Games2004 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Nurcan Taylan (born October 29, 1983 in Ankara, Turkey) is a Turkish Olympic, world and... more on Wikipedia
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    70
    42

    Vasiliy Alekseyev

    Russia, Soviet Union

    AgeDec. at 69 (1942-2011)

    Date Of Birth1942-01-07

    Place Of BirthRyazan Oblast,Russia,Europe,Asia,North Eurasia

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionWeightlifting at the 1976 Summer Olympics - Men's Super Heavyweight +110 kg,Weightlifting at the 1972 Summer Olympics - Men's Super Heavyweight +110 kg

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Weightlifting, Super Heavyweight +110

    Olympic Medalist Games1976 Summer Olympics,1972 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Vasily Ivanovich Alekseyev (Russian: Василий Иванович Алексеев; 7 January 1942 – 25 November... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Dmitry Klokov
    91
    64

    Age36

    Olympic CountryRussia

    Date Of Birth1983-02-18

    Place Of BirthBalashikha,Russia,Moscow Oblast,Europe,Asia

    Olympic SportWeightlifting

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionWeightlifting at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's Heavyweight 94 - 105 kg

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Weightlifting, Heavyweight 94 - 105 kg

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal

    Dmitriy Vyacheslavovich Klokov (Russian: Дмитрий Вячеславович Клоков; born February 18, 1983)... more on Wikipedia
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    Leonid Ivanovych Zhabotynsky (Ukrainian: Леонiд Iванович Жаботинський; 28 January 1938 – 14... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Matthias Steiner
    60
    36

    Matthias Steiner

    Germany, Austria

    Age36

    Olympic CountryGermany

    Date Of Birth1982-08-25

    Place Of BirthVienna,Austria,Earth,Europe,Western Europe

    Olympic SportWeightlifting

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionWeightlifting at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's Super Heavyweight +105 kg

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Weightlifting, Super Heavyweight + 105kg

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Matthias Steiner (born 25 August 1982 in Vienna) is a retired Austrian-German weightlifter,... more on Wikipedia
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    80
    58

    Bünyamin Sudaş

    Turkey

    Age43

    Olympic CountryTurkey

    Date Of Birth1975-08-23

    Place Of BirthErzincan Province, Turkey

    Olympic SportWeightlifting

    Weight105

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Bünyamin Sudaş (born August 23, 1975), aka Bünyami Sudaş, is a Turkish weightlifter competing... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Ilya Ilyin
    89
    72

    Ilya Ilyin

    Kazakhstan

    Age30

    Olympic CountryKazakhstan

    Date Of Birth1988-05-24

    Place Of BirthKyzylorda, Kazakhstan

    Olympic SportWeightlifting

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionWeightlifting at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's Middle Heavyweight 85-94 kg, Weightlifting at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's 94 kg

    Weight94

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Weightlifting, Middle Heavyweight 85-94 kg

    Olympic Medalist GamesThe London 2012 Summer Olympics, 2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games ParticipantThe London 2012 Summer Olympics, 2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Ilya Aleksandrovich Ilyin is a Kazakh weightlifter. Ilyin has won two Olympic championships... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Hossein Reza Zadeh
    Hossein Rezazadeh (Persian: حسین رضازاده‎, born 12 May 1978) is an Iranian politician and... more on Wikipedia
  • 14

    Age40

    Date Of Birth1980-06-13

    Place Of BirthMoscow,Russia,Soviet Union,Europe,Asia

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionWeightlifting at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's Heavyweight 94 - 105 kg

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Weightlifting, Heavyweight 94 - 105 kg

    Olympic Medalist Games2004 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Dmitry Vladimirovitch Berestov (Russian: Дмитрий Владимирович Берестов; born June 13, 1980 in... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Aleksandr Kurlovich
    22
    5

    Aleksandr Kurlovich

    Soviet Union

    Olympic CountrySoviet Union

    Date Of Birth1961-7-28

  • 16

    Age48

    Date Of Birth1972-02-17

    Place Of BirthSolnechnogorsk,Russia,Moscow Oblast,Europe,Asia

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionWeightlifting at the 1996 Summer Olympics - Men's Super Heavyweight +108 kg

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Weightlifting, Super Heavyweight +108

    Olympic Medalist Games1996 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Andrey Ivanovich Chemerkin (Russian: Андрей Иванович Чемеркин, born February 17, 1972) is a... more on Wikipedia
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    Waldemar Baszanowski
    42
    30

    Waldemar Baszanowski

    Waldemar Romuald Baszanowski (15 August 1935 – 29 April 2011) was a Polish lightweight (-67.5... more on Wikipedia
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    38
    28

    Age42

    Olympic CountryTurkey

    Date Of Birth1976-06-09

    Place Of BirthOltu,Turkey,Europe,Asia,Eurasia

    Olympic SportWeightlifting

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionWeightlifting at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's Bantamweight -56 kg,Weightlifting at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's Bantamweight -56 kg

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Weightlifting, Bantamweight -56kg

    Olympic Medalist Games2008 Summer Olympics,2004 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant2008 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonBronze medal

    Sedat Artuç (born June 9, 1976 in Oltu, Erzurum Province) is a Turkish European champion in... more on Wikipedia
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    Anatoly Khrapaty
    Anatoly Mikhaylovich Khrapaty (also Chrapaty, Russian: Анатолий Михайлович Храпатый; 20... more on Wikipedia
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    18
    7

    Rudolf Mang

    Germany

    Age68

    Date Of Birth1950-06-17

    Place Of BirthBellenberg,Germany,Bavaria,Europe,Western Europe

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionWeightlifting at the 1972 Summer Olympics - Men's Super Heavyweight +110 kg

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Weightlifting, Super Heavyweight +110

    Olympic Medalist Games1972 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonSilver medal

    Rudolf Mang is a German former weightlifter who competed in the 1968 Summer Olympics and in... more on Wikipedia
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    Paul Anderson
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    52

    Paul Anderson

    United States of America

    AgeDec. at 62 (1932-1994)

    Date Of Birth1932-10-17

    Place Of BirthToccoa,United States of America,Georgia,Stephens County

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionWeightlifting at the 1956 Summer Olympics - Men's Heavyweight +90 kg

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Weightlifting, Heavyweight +90

    Olympic Medalist Games1956 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Paul Edward Anderson (October 17, 1932 – August 15, 1994) was an American weightlifter,... more on Wikipedia
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    18
    8

    Lidia Valentín

    Spain

    Age34

    Olympic CountrySpain

    Date Of Birth1985-02-10

    Place Of BirthPonferrada, Spain

    Olympic SportWeightlifting

    Weight74

    Olympic Games ParticipantThe London 2012 Summer Olympics

    Lidia Valentín Pérez (born 10 February 1985) is a Spanish weightlifter, Olympic Champion, 2... more on Wikipedia
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    Alfred Neuland
    26
    19

    AgeDec. at 71 (1895-1966)

    Olympic CountryEstonia

    Date Of Birth1895-10-10

    Place Of BirthWalk, Livonia,Latvia,Earth,Europe

    Olympic SportWeightlifting

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionWeightlifting at the 1920 Summer Olympics - Men's Lightweight 60-67.5 kg,Weightlifting at the 1924 Summer Olympics -Men's Middleweight 67.5-75 kg

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Weightlifting, Lightweight 60-67.5kg,Men's Weightlifting, Middleweight 67.5-75kg

    Olympic Medalist Games1920 Summer Olympics,1924 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games Participant1920 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal,Silver medal

    Alfred Karl Neuland (10 October 1895 – 16 November 1966) was an Estonian weightlifter. He... more on Wikipedia
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    7

    Milen Dobrev

    Bulgaria

    Age39

    Date Of Birth1980-02-22

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionWeightlifting at the 2004 Summer Olympics - Men's Middle-Heavyweight 85-94 kg

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Weightlifting, Middle Heavyweight 85-94 kg

    Olympic Medalist Games2004 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Milen Dobrev (Bulgarian: Милен Добрев, February 22, 1980 — March 21, 2015) was a Bulgarian... more on Wikipedia
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    12
    4

    Kim Un-guk

    North Korea

    Age30

    Olympic CountryNorth Korea

    Date Of Birth1988-10-28

    Place Of BirthPyongyang, Pyongan, North Korea

    Olympic SportWeightlifting

    Olympic Medalist Event CompetitionWeightlifting at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's 62 kg

    Weight62

    Olympic Medalist EventMen's Weightlifting, Featherweight 56-62 kg

    Olympic Medalist GamesThe London 2012 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Games ParticipantThe London 2012 Summer Olympics

    Olympic Medals WonGold medal

    Kim Un-guk (Korean: 김은국; Korean pronunciation: [kim.ɯm.ɡuk̚]; born 28 October 1988) is a North... more on Wikipedia