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Naim Suleymanoglu Biography

"a Back Wide Enough To Play Poker On", Escapes To Turkey, Chronology, A Third Gold MedalCONTACT INFORMATION


Turkish weightlifter

Naim Suleymanoglu, known as the "Pocket Hercules" because he combined a very small stature with great strength, is the only weightlifter ever to win gold medals in three different Olympics. Born in Kircali, Bulgaria in 1967, Suleymanoglu was the son of very poor parents who were members of that country's oppressed ethnic Turkish minority. His father was a bus driver and zinc miner in the mountain town of Momchilgrad.


Address: c/o International Weightlifting Federation, H1054-Budapest Hold.u.1. Hungary. Phone: +36-1-353-0530. Online: www.iwf.net.

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