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Naim Suleymanoglu


1967 Born in Kircali, Bulgaria
1977 Sent away from his family to a training school
1982 Sets his first world record
1984 Misses Olympic Games because of his country's boycott
1986 Defects from Bulgaria to Turkey
1988 Wins gold medal at Seoul Olympics
1990 Retires, but soon returns to competition
1992 Wins gold medal at Barcelona Olympics
1996 Wins gold medal at Atlanta Olympics
2000 Competes in Sydney Olympics, but fails on all his attempts to lift
2000 Retires from competition

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