At a glance

23 Jan 1967
The Pocket Hercules
150 cm / 64 kg 4'11'' / 140 pounds
Male

It is likely that Naim Süleymanoğlu is the strongest man who has ever lived, pound-for-pound. Nicknamed “The Pocket Hercules,” he first came to international acclaim at age 14 at the World Junior Championships in São Paulo. At the 1984 European Championships he became the second man (after Bulgaria’s Stefan Topurov) to lift three times his own bodyweight overhead. Süleymanoğlu was also the first man to snatch 2½ times his own bodyweight (27 April 1988). Prior to the 1988 Olympics, he had set 32 world records before he was 22-years-old. Süleymanoğlu was 1982 World Junior champion, and at the 1983 World...

Naim in numbers

4
Olympics
Olympics
3
medals
Gold medal:3 Silver medal: Bronze medal:
  • Sydney
    Sydney 2000
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Sydney
    Sydney 2000
    • AC
      Weightlifting
      Featherweight (≤62 kilograms)
  • Atlanta
    Atlanta 1996
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Atlanta
    Atlanta 1996
    • 1 Gold medal
      Weightlifting
      Featherweight (≤64 kilograms)
  • Barcelona
    Barcelona 1992
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Barcelona
    Barcelona 1992
    • 1 Gold medal
      Weightlifting
      Featherweight (≤60 kilograms)
  • Seoul
    Seoul 1988
    Games
    Results
    Sport
    Event
    Seoul
    Seoul 1988
    • 1 Gold medal
      Weightlifting
      Featherweight (≤60 kilograms)

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