Naim Süleymanoglu’s, known as one of the most successful weightlifter in history – the Olympic and world record holder who’s nickname is “Pocket Hercules”, was born in Bulgaria on 23 January 1967.
He is considered to be one of the most successful athlete of weightlifting history, has broken world record 46 times along with 3 Olympic and 8 World Championship Gold medal throughout his career. Especially at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, he broke 9 Worlds and 6 Olympics records, achieving a sensational success.
In 1992 he was voted “The Best Athlete” in the world by the International Weightlifting Media Commission. In addition to this, Süleymanoglu was elected as Vice President for International Weightlifting Federation in 2000.
Recently Naim Süleymanoglu was taken into intensive care at hospital with the diagnosis of “Liver Cirrhosis”. Naim Süleymanoglu had undergone liver transplant and his health condition is improving day by day.
Source: Zeynep IRAZ, Turkish Weightlifting Federation