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List of famous weightlifters, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top weightlifters in the world? This includes the most prominent weightlifters, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable weightlifters is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic weightlifters were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned weightlifters.

You can rank all of these people, from David Prowse to Martin Tešovič.

From reputable, prominent, and well known weightlifters to the lesser known weightlifters of today, these are some of the best professionals in the weightlifter field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous weightlifters ever?" and "What are the names of famous weightlifters?" then you're in the right place. 

Briken Calja age 28 Briken Calja is an Albanian weightlifter. He competed for Albania at the 2012 Summer Olympics, where he finished 9th in his weight class. In 2013 Calja was suspended for two year for using ...more

Kirill Pavlov age 31 Kirill Pavlov is Kazakhstani weightlifter competing in the 77 kg category. He competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics and finished 9th. He won the silver medal at the 2010 Asian Games.

Bartłomiej Bonk age 33 Bartłomiej Wojciech Bonk is a Polish weightlifter. He won the bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the men's 105 kg category with a total of 410 kg. He also competed at the 2008 Summer ...more

Lin Qingfeng age 29 Lin Qingfeng is a Chinese weightlifter. He is 167 cm tall and competed for China at the 2012 Summer Olympics where he won gold, lifting a total of 344 kg.

Zhou Lulu age 30 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

Wang Mingjuan age 32 Wang Mingjuan is a Chinese weghtlifter.

age 31 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

age 33 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

Anatolii Cîrîcu age 29 Anatolii Cîrîcu is a Moldovan weightlifter. Cîrîcu is the champion of the 2012 European Weightlifting Championships for the 94 kg category. He also participated in the ...more

Miika Antti-Roiko age 29 Miika Antti-Roiko is a Finnish weightlifter. He competed for Finland at the 2012 Summer Olympics, finishing 19th on Men's 94 kg.

Luz Acosta age 37 Luz Mercedes Acosta Valdez is a weightlifter who competes for Mexico. She made her olympic debut at the 2008 Summer Olympics, where she finished in 8th place. Later on she participated at the ...more

age 28 Eko Yuli Irawan is a weightlifter from Lampung, Indonesia. At the 2006 Junior World Championships he won the silver medal in the 56 kg category, lifting 269 kg in total. At the 2007 Junior World ...more

Kendrick Farris age 31 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

Tarek Abdelazim age 30 Tarek Yehia is an Egyptian weightlifter.

age 34 Sergio Armando Rada Rodriguez is a Colombian weightlifter. His personal best is 257 kg. He was born in Campo de la Cruz, Department of Atlántico. At the 2005 World Championships he ranked ...more

Chad Vaughn age 37 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

Ahed Joughili age 33 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

Iván Cambar age 34 Iván Cambar is a Cuban weightlifter. At the 2006 World Championships he ranked 7th in the 77 kg category, with a total of 343 kg. He won the gold medal for Cuba at the 15th Pan American ...more

age 35 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

age 28 Holley Mangold is an American athlete from Dayton, Ohio. She began weightlifting in 2008. She was a member of the 2012 US Olympic Team and competed in the superheavyweight division of the ...more

Died at 28 (1944-1972) 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

age 43 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

age 82 David Prowse, MBE is an English bodybuilder, weightlifter and actor. He played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, though the character's voice was provided by James Earl Jones. He ...more

age 38 Ngangbam Soniya Chanu is an Indian Woman Weightlifter. She won the silver medal in the Women's 48 kg category at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. She is from Imphal West district of Manipur state of ...more

Christian López Died at 29 (1984-2013) Christian Alberto López Bobadilla was a Guatemalan weightlifter. He competed in the -105kg event at the 2008 Summer Olympics and the +105 kg at the 2012 Summer Olympics. At the 2010 ...more

Aleksandr Ivanov age 28 Alexandr Konstantinovich Ivanov is a Russian weightlifter. Prior to the 2012 London Summer Olympics, his best result was 403 kg. He won the silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the men's ...more

Beatriz Piron age 23 Beatriz Pirón is a Dominicanan female weightlifter. She won the bronze medal in snatch at the 2011 Youth World Championships and gold at the 2011 Youth Pan American Championships. She ...more

age 24 Anna Nurmukhambetova is a Kazakhstani weightlifter representing Kazakhstan. She finished fifth in the 69kg event at the 2012 Summer Olympics

age 35 Rusmeris Villar Barboza is a female weightlifter from Colombia. She won the silver medal at the 2007 Pan American Games for her native South American country in the – 58 kg weight division.

age 34 Jang Mi-ran is a female South Korean weightlifter. She is currently based in Goyang, Gyeonggi-do, playing for the Goyang City Government Sports Club. She competed in the 2004 Summer Olympics, ...more

age 25 Alexandr Zaichikov is a Belarusian-born Kazakhstani weightlifter. He competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the -105 kg event.

Iryna Kulesha age 31 Iryna Mikhailovna Kulesha is a Belarusian weightlifter. She won two bronze medals in the under 75 kg weight category, at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics. She is coached by Viktor Shilay.

Apti Aukhadov age 25 Apti Aukhadov is a Russian weightlifter

Yuliya Kalina age 29 Yuliya Kalina is a Ukrainian weightlifter. She competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the Women's 58 kg.

Om Yun-Chol age 26 Om Yun-chol is a weightlifter representing North Korea. He is 152 cm / 5'0" and weighs 56 kg /123 lbs. He won the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics at the men's 56 kg event. He became ...more

Zulfiya Chinshanlo age 24 Zulfiya Chinshanlo is a Kazakh weightlifter. She set a world record in the clean and jerk on 29 July 2012 at the 2012 London Olympics by lifting 131 kg. Chinshanlo earned a gold medal at the ...more

Maryna Shkermankova age 27 Maryna Shkermankova is a weightlifter representing Belarus. She won the bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the – 69 kg category.

Jie Zhang age 30 Zhang Jie is a male Chinese weightlifter.

Khalil Mahmoud K Abir Abdelrahman age 25 Abeer Abdelrahman Khalil Mahmoud is an Egyptian weightlifter. She competed at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics in the -69 kg and -75 kg weight categories, respectively, and finished in fifth ...more

Khalil El Maaoui age 29 Khalil El Maaoui is a Tunisian weightlifter born September, 12 1988. He was qualified for the Weightlifting at the 2008 Summer Olympics and he have finished at the 17 place.

age 33 Mete Binay is a Turkish world champion weightlifter competing in the –69 kg division. He won the bronze medal at the 2010 European Weightlifting Championships held in Minsk, Belarus, gold medal ...more

age 36 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

Artem Udachyn age 38 Artem Serhiyovych Udachyn is a male weightlifter from Ukraine. He twice competed for his native country at the Summer Olympics in the men's super heavyweight division, finishing in 11th and 4th ...more

Artūrs Plēsnieks age 26 Artūrs Plēsnieks is a Latvian weightlifter. He has received several medals at junior competitions, including gold medal at Junior World Championships 2010. Plēsnieks has competed in several ...more

Boyanka Kostova age 24 Boyanka Kostova is a Bulgarian naturalized Azerbaijani weightlifter. She competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the women's 58 kg, finishing in fifth place.

Madias Dodo Nzesso Ngake age 25 Madias Dodo Nzesso Ngake is a Cameroonian weightlifter. She competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the -75 kg event and finished sixth.

Steven Kari age 24 Steven Kari is a Papua New Guineaan weightlifter competing in the men's 85 kg and later 94 kg category.

Almas Uteshov age 29 Almas Uteshov is a Kazakhstani weightlifter. He competed for Kazakhstan at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

age 35 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

age 33 Sa Jae-Hyouk is a South Korean weightlifter. He is 165 cm tall. In 2005, Sa won two gold medals in the clean and jerk and total at the 1st Junior World Weightlifting Championships in Busan, ...more