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Mark Henry
(American Professional Wrestler, Former Powerlifter and Weightlifter)
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Birthdate: June 12, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Silsbee, Texas, United States

Mark Henry is an American powerlifter, strongman, Olympic weightlifter, and retired professional wrestler. He is best known for his appearance in WWE, where he was often referred to as the world's strongest man. In 2018, he was made an inductee to the WWE Hall of Fame. A three-time USA National Weightlifting Champion, Henry holds several weightlifting records.

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David Prowse
(British Weightlifter and Actor)
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Birthdate: July 1, 1935
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bristol, England
Died: November 28, 2020
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Tia-Clair Toomey
(Australian Weightlifter)
Tia-Clair Toomey
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Birthdate: July 22, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nambour, Queensland, Australia

Tia-Clair Toomey is an Australian CrossFit Games athlete and weightlifter. As a weightlifter, she won a gold medal for Australia at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Toomey has also won five CrossFit Games Championship titles so far; she won these titles in five successive CrossFit Games starting from 2017.

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Paul Anderson
(American Weightlifter and Two-Time National Champion in Olympic Weightlifting)
Paul Anderson
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Birthdate: October 17, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Toccoa, Georgia, United States
Died: August 15, 1994
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Lasha Talakhadze
(Weightlifter)
Lasha Talakhadze
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Birthdate: October 2, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sachkhere, Georgia
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Hidilyn Diaz
(Filipino Weightlifter and the First Filipino to Win an Olympic Gold for the Philippines)
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Birthdate: February 20, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Zamboanga City, Philippines

Hidilyn Diaz is a Filipino airwoman and weightlifter. She achieved national fame in 2020, when she became the first Filipino to win an Olympic gold for the Philippines. Hidilyn Diaz earned her first Olympic medal in 2016, when she won a silver medal in Rio de Janeiro. She has also won medals at the World Championships and Asian Championships.

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Naim Suleymanoglu
(Bulgarian World Champion Weightlifter and 3-Time Olympic Gold Medalist)
Naim Suleymanoglu
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Birthdate: January 23, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ptichar, Bulgaria
Died: November 18, 2017

Nicknamed The Pocket Hercules for his 4’10” frame, Bulgarian weightlifter Naim Suleymanoglu was one of the world’s greatest in the sport. While he initially won 2 World Championships for Bulgaria, he later won 3 Olympic gold medals and 5 World Championships for Turkey. He has also joined the Nationalist Movement Party.

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Harold Sakata
(American Olympic Weightlifter and Professional Wrestler)
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Birthdate: July 1, 1920
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Holualoa, Hawaii, United States
Died: July 29, 1982
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Sara Sigmundsdóttir
(Icelandic Weightlifter Who Has Been Placed 3rd in the CrossFit Games Twice)
Sara Sigmundsdóttir
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Birthdate: September 12, 1992
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Reykjanesbær, Iceland

Icelandic weightlifter and CrossFit athlete Sara Sigmundsdóttir was placed 3rd in the CrossFit Games twice. She has also won the 2016 Dubai Fitness Championship and appeared in the documentary Fittest on Earth: A Decade of Fitness. She now works as a trainer at CrossFit Sudurnes in Reykjanesbaer.

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Jeremy Buendia
(Bodybuilder)
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Birthdate: October 26, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Roseville, California, United States
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Lü Xiaojun
(Weightlifter)
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Birthdate: July 27, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hubei, China

Apart from being a 5-time world champion, Lü Xiaojun is also a 2-time Olympic gold medalist. His gold win at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, at 37, made him the oldest weightlifter to achieve the feat. He also won a silver at the Rio Olympics. He is married to fellow world-class weightlifter Guo Xiyan.

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Saikhom Mirabai Chanu
(Weightlifter)
Saikhom Mirabai Chanu
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Birthdate: August 8, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Imphal East district
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Dmitry Klokov
(Weightlifter)
Dmitry Klokov
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Birthdate: February 18, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Balashikha, Russia
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Matthias Steiner
(Austrian-German Former Weightlifter)
Matthias Steiner
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Birthdate: August 25, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

Matthias Steiner is a Austrian-German former weightlifter best known for winning a gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. He also won a silver medal at the World Championships as well as two silver medals at the European Championships during his career.

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Tommy Kono
(Weightlifter)
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Birthdate: June 27, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sacramento, California, United States
Died: April 24, 2016
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Hossein Rezazadeh
(Iranian Politician and One of the Greatest Weightlifters of All Time)
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Birthdate: May 12, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ardabil, Iran

Hossein Rezazadeh is an Iranian politician. Also a former weightlifter, he is a two-time Olympic champion and four-time World Weightlifting champion. He is widely considered one of the greatest weightlifters of all time. The Rezazadeh Stadium was built in his honor. He entered politics in 2013 and was elected as a member of the City Council of Tehran. 

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Vasily Alekseyev
(Russian Weightlifter)
Vasily Alekseyev
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Birthdate: January 7, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Pokrovo-Shishkino, Ryazan Oblast, Russia
Died: November 25, 2011
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April Hunter
(Wrestler)
April Hunter
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Birthdate: September 24, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Philadelphia, United States
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Li Wenwen
(Weightlifter)
Li Wenwen
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Birthdate: March 5, 2000
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: China

Olympic gold medalist Li Wenwen is one of the most well-known weightlifters of China. She is also a national champion, an Asian champion, and a world champion. She made headlines when she revealed that she had slept on the floor in the Olympic village in Tokyo, as she found the beds too soft.

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Fares El-Bakh
(Weightlifter)
Fares El-Bakh
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Birthdate: June 4, 1998
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Qatar
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Jang Mi-ran
(Weightlifter)
Jang Mi-ran
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Birthdate: October 9, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gangwon, South Korea
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Pyrros Dimas
(One of the Greatest Weightlifters of All Time and Three-Time Olympic Gold Medalist)
Pyrros Dimas
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Birthdate: October 13, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Himarë, Albania

Pyrros Dimas is a Greek politician who represented the Panhellenic Socialist Movement between 2012 and 2015. A former weightlifter, Dimas is counted among the greatest weightlifters of all time. Having won three gold medals in Olympic Games, Pyrros Dimas is the most successful Greek athlete in the history of the Olympics. He also won three gold medals in World Championships.

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Ilya Ilyin
(Weightlifter)
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Birthdate: May 24, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kyzylorda, Kazakhstan
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Kjell Nilsson
(Actor, Weightlifter)
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Birthdate: December 19, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden
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Karnam Malleswari
(Weightlifter)
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Birthdate: June 1, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Srikakulam district, Andhra Pradesh, India
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Yossef Romano
(Former Israeli Weightlifter Who was Killed in the 1972 Munich Massacre)
Yossef Romano
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Birthdate: April 15, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Benghazi, Libya
Died: September 5, 1972

Yossef Romano was an Israeli weightlifter who competed in the 1972 Munich Oympics in West Germany. An Israeli weight-lifting champion for nine years, Romano was among the 11 Israeli team members who were killed in the 1972 Munich massacre, an attack by a terrorist group named Black September. Romano was 32 years old at the time of his death.

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Julius Naranjo
(Weightlifter)
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Birthdate: June 14, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tamuning, Guam, United States
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Behdad Salimi
(Weightlifter)
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Birthdate: December 8, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ghaemshahr, Mazandaran, Iran

Former Iranian super heavyweight weightlifter Behdad Salimi is not just an Olympic gold medalist but has also won gold medals at the Asian Games, the Asian Championships, and the World Championships. Known as the Iranian Hercules, he was once dismissed for criticizing coach Kourosh Bagheri for using abusive language.

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Sarah Robles
(Weightlifter)
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Birthdate: August 1, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States
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Bruce Wilhelm
(Two-Time Winner of the World’s Strongest Man Competition in 1977 and 1978)
Bruce Wilhelm
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Birthdate: July 13, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sunnyvale, California, United States
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Lidia Valentín
(Weightlifter)
Lidia Valentín
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Birthdate: February 10, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ponferrada, Spain
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Holley Mangold
(Weightlifter)
Holley Mangold
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Birthdate: December 22, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kettering, Ohio, United States
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Tatiana Kashirina
(Weightlifter)
Tatiana Kashirina
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Birthdate: January 24, 1991
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Noginsk, Russia
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Kianoush Rostami
(Weightlifter)
Kianoush Rostami
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Birthdate: July 23, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kermanshah, Iran

Iranian weightlifter Kianoush Rostami has 2 Olympic medals in his kitty, one of them being a gold medal. He is also an Asian Champion and a 2-time World Champion. In 2017, he auctioned his Olympic gold medal to raise money for the victims of a devastating earthquake near the Iran-Iraq border.

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Shi Zhiyong
(Weightlifter)
Shi Zhiyong
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Birthdate: October 10, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lingui District, Guilin, China

Shi Zhiyong is a Chinese professional weightlifter best known for winning a gold medal at the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games. A three-time world champion, Shi has set 13 world records so far in his illustrious career. He also holds the current records for the snatch, total, and clean and jerk in the 73 kg category.

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Mikhail Koklyaev
(Russian Weightlifter and Powerlifter)
Mikhail Koklyaev
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Birthdate: December 17, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chelyabinsk, Russia
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Óscar Figueroa
(Colombian Weightlifter and Olympic Gold Medallist)
Óscar Figueroa
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Birthdate: April 27, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Zaragoza, Colombia

Óscar Figueroa is a Colombian weightlifter who specializes in the 62 kg category. He is best known for winning a gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He also has an Olympic silver medal under his belt. Figueroa first achieved popularity in 2006 when he won a silver medal at the World Championships in Santo Domingo.

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Mattie Rogers
(Weightlifter)
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Birthdate: August 23, 1995
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Apopka, Florida, United States
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Tian Tao
(Weightlifter)
Tian Tao
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Birthdate: April 8, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hubei, China

Tian Tao is a Chinese professional weightlifter best known for winning the silver medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. He has also won gold medals at the 2014 Asian Games, 2019 World Championships, and 2019 and 2020 Asian Championships.

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Emily Campbell
(Weightlifter)
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Birthdate: May 6, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
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Charles Rigoulot
(French Weightlifter)
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Birthdate: November 3, 1903
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Le Vésinet, France
Died: August 22, 1962
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Leonid Taranenko
(Former Soviet/Belarusian Weightlifter, Coach and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Leonid Taranenko
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Birthdate: June 13, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Malaryta, Belarus

Leonid Taranenko is a former weightlifter and coach. He is best known for winning the gold medal in the 110 kg category at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow where he represented the Soviet Union. He also won gold medals at the World Weightlifting Championships, European Weightlifting Championships, and USSR Weightlifting Championships.

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Yury Vlasov
(Weightlifter)
Yury Vlasov
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Birthdate: December 5, 1935
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Makiivka, Ukraine
Died: February 13, 2021
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Kuo Hsing-chun
(Weightlifter)
Kuo Hsing-chun
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Birthdate: November 26, 1993
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Yilan, Taiwan
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Om Yun-chol
(Weightlifter)
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Birthdate: November 18, 1991
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: North Hamgyong, North Korea
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Sohrab Moradi
(Weightlifter)
Sohrab Moradi
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Birthdate: September 22, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sedeh, Isfahan, Iran

Apart from being an Olympic gold medalist, Iranian weightlifter Sohrab Moradi has also been an Asian Games Champion, a 2-time World Champion, and a 2-time Asian Champion. However, he was dragged into a doping scandal in 2013 and was banned from the sport for 2 years.

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Karyn Marshall
(Weightlifter)
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Birthdate: April 2, 1956
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States
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Katherine Nye
(Weightlifter)
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Birthdate: January 5, 1999
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bowlegs, Oklahoma, United States
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Karlos Nasar
(Bulgarian Weightlifter and Gold Medallist at the 2021 World Championships)
Karlos Nasar
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Birthdate: May 12, 2004
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cherven Bryag, Bulgaria

Bulgarian male weightlifter Karlos Nasar won a gold medal in the 81 kg category at the 2021 World Weightlifting Championships setting world record in clean and jerk 208 kg event for 81 kg weight class. Other achievements of Nasar includes winning a silver medal each in 2021 (81 Kg category) and 2022 (89 kg category) at the European Weightlifting Championships.

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Precious McKenzie
(England and New Zealand Former Weightlifter)
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Birthdate: June 6, 1936
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Durban, South Africa