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Naim Suleymanoglu

A Third Gold Medal

At the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, Suleymanoglu battled for the gold medal with Greek lifter Valerios Leonidas. Setting world records one after the other, they had a close competition. Suleymanoglu lifted a world-record 185 kg, and Leonidas beat him with 187.5 kg. Now the pressure was on Suleymanoglu to match Leonidas's lift for the gold.

And he did, tying Leonidas's world record just minutes after it was set. Announcer Lynn Jones said, "You have just witnessed the greatest weightlifting competition in history," according to Ken Jones in the London Independent. With this gold medal, Suleymanoglu became the first weightlifter in history to win gold medals at three different Olympics.

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