Enjoy watching the Top 10 strongest weightlifters in Olympic history! Weightlifting is a very traditional Olympic sport. Its two competition lifts in order are the Snatch and the Clean and Jerk. The Snatch is a wide-grip, one-move lift. The Clean and Jerk is a close-grip, two-move lift. Each weightlifter receives three attempts in each, and the combined total of the highest two successful lifts determines the overall result within a bodyweight category. These athletes have competed in different Bodyweight categories. All of them were the strongest of their category and were able to lift multiple times their Bodyweight. Which one is the strongest Weightlifter for you? Let us know in the comments.

10) Jang Mi-Ran (KOR): Bejing 2008 🥇
9) Hossein Rezazadeh (IRI): Sydney 2000 🥇
8) Lydia Valentin (SPA): London 2012 🥇
7) Rim Jong-Sim (PRK): London 2012 🥇
6) Chen Yanqing (CHN): Bejing 2008 🥇
5) Akakios Kakiasvili (GRE): Barcelona 1992 🥇
4) Pyrros Dimas (GRE): Atlanta 1996 🥇
3) Oscar Figueroa (COL): Rio 2016 🥇
2) Long Qingquan (CHN): Rio 2016 🥇
1) Naim Süleymanoglu (TUR): Seoul 1988 🥇

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  1. This is such a random list. Some of the bodyweight percentages aren’t even included. And the first 5 don’t belong anywhere near a top 10 pound for pound list. Feels like you added the gals to be inclusive rather than to have a legit list. A male weightlifter who weighs the same as a female will always be a lot stronger on the olympic level.

  2. The title is a bit misleading…it's not THE top 10 strongest weightlifters pound-for-pound, because presumably all the guys who came 2nd and 3rd and 4th and 5th to Naim Süleymanoglu, and Long Qingquan, and Oscar Figueroa were lifting combined totals of more than 4 times their body weight….

  3. The title is a bit misleading…it's not THE top 10 strongest weightlifters pound-for-pound, because presumably all the guys who came 2nd and 3rd and 4th and 5th to Naim Süleymanoglu, and Long Qingquan, and Oscar Figueroa were lifting combined totals of more than 4 times their body weight….

  4. Naim Süleymanoğlu is the first and only weightlifter to have snatched 2.5 times (152.5÷59.7=2.55) his body weight and clean & jerk 190÷59.7=3.18 times his body weight, 10.9 kilos more than triple his body weight. Naim Best of all times..

  5. You need to hire Seb Ostrowickz for a better Intel on this, I can tell that you don't know weightlifting history by not putting in here lasha or Tatiana kashirina, or lu xiaojun, I mean really? Oscar Figueroa? Lidya Valentin?, You can do better than this…

  6. Compare Naim Süleymanoglu's greatest weightlifting achievements to the modern weightlifting records, listed rom 56kg to 69kg.
    For 56kg: Snatch: 138kg, Clean and Jerk: 170kg
    For 62kg: Snatch: 153kg, Clean and Jerk: 177kg
    For 69kg: Snatch: 165kg, Clean and Jerk: 196kg

    Naim Süleymanoglu lifted 152.5kg in snatch, a whopping 190kg in Clean and Jerk.
    Especially the Clean and Jerk where he did 13kg more than the WR in the 62kg division.
    He could even compete in the 62kg or even the 69kg division, and possibly even win.

  7. I’m genuinely surprised a Bulgarian lifter was not on here. Although Naim is a Bulgarian born Turk, Galabin Boevski – I believe should definitely be on this list, the man lifted 5.18 times his body weight at the Sydney Olympics

  8. So Naim was competing for Bulgaria during 1984 at 16 years of age. He had won the European Championship in May 1984 with a 297 kg total. That summer 54 kg category in the Olympics was won with a 260 kg total. If the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc allowed athletes to compete in the Olympics Games Naim Süleymanoğlu would have 4 Olympic gold medals by the end of his fantastic career.

  9. It's not fair to compare bodyweight-lift ratio as the mechanical disadvantage of big bodies is critical, it needs normalization to height.
    I think separation to body weight categories could have been much more accurate and interesting.

  10. 8:21 Naim is the only lifter who did that. Lifting 190 kg in 60 kg category. Naim lifts 10 kilos more than his triple bodyweight. That's insane, pure superhuman strength! Rest in peace great champion.

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