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List of Famous Weightlifters

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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. 
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Briken Calja Age 29 from Elbasan, Albania
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
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Kirill Pavlov Age 32 from Almaty, Kazakhstan
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.
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Bartłomiej Bonk Age 34 from Więcbork, Poland
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
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Lin Qingfeng Age 30 from Fujian, China
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.
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Zhou Lulu Age 30 from Yantai, 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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Wang Mingjuan Age 33 from Yongzhou, China
Wang Mingjuan is a Chinese weghtlifter.
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Age 32 from Donetsk, Ukraine
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
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Age 34 from Elliot Lake, Canada
Christine Girard (born January 3, 1985) 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 ...more
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Anatolii Cîrîcu Age 30 from Cahul, Moldova
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
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Miika Antti-Roiko Age 30 from Kalajoki, Finland
Miika Antti-Roiko is a Finnish weightlifter. He competed for Finland at the 2012 Summer Olympics, finishing 19th on Men's 94 kg.
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Luz Acosta Age 38 from Guaymas, Mexico
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
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Age 29 from Indonesia
Eko Yuli Irawan (born 24 July 1989) is an Indonesian weightlifter, Olympian, and World Champion competing in the 62 kg category until 2018 and 61 kg starting in 2018 after the International ...more
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Kendrick Farris Age 32 from Shreveport, Louisiana
Kendrick James Farris (born July 2, 1986) is an Olympic weightlifter from the United States. He competed for the United States in the 85 kg weight class at the 2008 Summer Olympics where he ...more
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Tarek Abdelazim Age 31 from Elmenia
Tarek Yehia is an Egyptian weightlifter.
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Age 35 from Campo de la Cruz, Colombia
Sergio Armando Rada Rodriguez (born January 27, 1984) is a Colombian weightlifter. His personal best is 257 kg (2007). He was born in Campo de la Cruz, Department of Atlántico.At the 2005 ...more
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Chad Vaughn Age 38 from Konawa, Oklahoma
Chad Thomas Vaughn (born May 11, 1980 in Konawa, Oklahoma) is an American Olympic weightlifter. He was a member of the 2004 Olympic team in Athens, Greece, and ranked 18th in the 77 kg category, ...more
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Ahed Joughili Age 34 from Hama, Syria
Ahed Joughili (Arabic: عهد جغيلي‎; born October 10, 1984) is a Syrian weightlifter, who competed in the 105 kg division at the 2008 Summer Olympics and 2012 Summer Olympics. Joughili won a ...more
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Iván Cambar Age 35 from Granma Province, Cuba
Iván Cambar (born December 29, 1983) 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 ...more
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Age 36 from Łuków, Second Polish Republic
Marcin Dołęga (Polish pronunciation: [ˈmart͡ɕin dɔˈwɛnɡa]; born July 18, 1982) is a Polish weightlifter. He is a three-time World champion in the 105 kg weight division.
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Age 29 from Kettering, Ohio
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
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Dec. at 28 (1944-1972) from Shaker Heights, Ohio
David Mark Berger (May 24, 1944 – September 6, 1972) was an American and Israeli Olympic weightlifter, and one of the eleven Israeli Olympians taken hostage and killed by the Palestinian group ...more
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Age 44 from Bratislava, Slovakia
Martin Tešovič (born 26 October 1974 in Bratislava) 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 ...more
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Age 83 from Bristol, England
David Prowse MBE (born 1 July 1935) is an English retired bodybuilder, weightlifter and character actor in British film and television. Worldwide, he is best known for physically portraying ...more
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Age 39 from Imphal West district, India
Ngangbam Soniya Chanu (born 15 February 1980) 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 ...more
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Christian López Dec. at 29 (1984-2013) from Coatepeque, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
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