September 21, 1988 |
Naim Suleymanoglu was on a mission. His goal was not just to lift more than any other person his weight had ever lifted, his goal was to obliterate from the record books a name he hated--Naum Shalamanov. That was his name before he defected from Bulgaria to Turkey in 1986. That was the Christian name the Bulgarians made him use, instead of the name he preferred, his Moslem name. That, he says, is why he defected.
January 3, 1997
Naim "Pocket Hercules" Suleymanoglu needed but a few seconds to win his third Olympic title in 1996. Miguel Indurain was in the spotlight for three weeks this past summer while he struggled to finish 11th in the Tour de France, more than 14 minutes behind winner Bjarne Riis of Denmark. Yet Suleymanoglu, the extroverted Turkish weightlifter, and Indurain, the modest cyclist from Spain, had much in common. They were national heroes.
April 28, 1988 |
Naim Suleymanoglu, in his first competition since defecting from Bulgaria to Turkey two years ago, broke the snatch world record in winning the 60-kilogram (132-pound) title at the European weightlifting championships Thursday. Suleymanoglu, 20, arrived in Cardiff amid a strict security operation after Turkish authorities reportedly requested special police protection for the athlete.
July 24, 1996
Records set in 1996 Games: World Records MEN SWIMMING 100 breaststroke/Prelims Fred Deburghgraeve, Belgium, 1 minute, 00.60 seconds (Old record: 1:00:95, Karoly Guttler, Hungary, August 8, 1993). * WEIGHTLIFTING 59 kg-130 pounds Total -- Tang Ningsheng, China, 307.5 kilograms-678 pounds. (Old record: 305-672, Nikolay Pechalov, Bulgaria, 1993) 64kg-141 pounds Clean-and-Jerk -- Naim Suleymanoglu, Turkey, 187.5 kilograms (413 1/4 pounds) (Old record: 183.