Weightlifters

Know about famous weightlifters who have left us awestruck by their enormous power and weightlifting capacity. This list of famous weightlifters contains names such as Mark Henry, David Prowse, Tony Atlas, Dmitry Klokov and Dot Jones and many more.
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 1 Mark Henry

Mark Henry
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Famous As: Weightlifter, Powerlifter
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.

 2 Martins Licis

Martins Licis
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Famous As: Strongman
Birthdate: September 28, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia

 3 Tony Atlas

Tony Atlas
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Famous As: Bodybuilder
Birthdate: April 23, 1954
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Roanoke, Virginia, United States

 4 Lasha Talakhadze

Lasha Talakhadze
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Famous As: Weightlifter
Birthdate: October 2, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sachkhere, Georgia

 5 David Prowse

David Prowse
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Famous As: Bodybuilder
Birthdate: July 1, 1935
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bristol, England, UK

 6 Hidilyn Diaz

Hidilyn Diaz
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Famous As: Weightlifter
Birthdate: February 20, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Zamboanga City, Philippines
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 7 Tia-Clair Toomey

Tia-Clair Toomey
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Famous As: Weightlifter
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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 8 Naim Suleymanoglu

Naim Suleymanoglu
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Famous As: Weightlifter
Birthdate: January 23, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ptichar, Bulgaria
Died: November 18, 2017
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 9 Luke Stoltman

Luke Stoltman
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Famous As: Strength athlete
Birthdate: November 22, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Invergordon, Scotland

 10 Sara Sigmundsdóttir

Sara Sigmundsdóttir
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Famous As: Weightlifter
Birthdate: September 12, 1992
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Reykjanesbær, Iceland
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 11 Harold Sakata

Harold Sakata
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Famous As: Weightlifter, Actor
Birthdate: July 1, 1920
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Holualoa, Hawaii, United States
Died: July 29, 1982

 12 Ken Patera

Ken Patera
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Famous As: Professional wrestler, Weightlifter, Strongman
Birthdate: November 6, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States
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 13 Lü Xiaojun

Lü Xiaojun
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Famous As: Weightlifter
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.

 14 Jeremy Buendia

Jeremy Buendia
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Famous As: Bodybuilder
Birthdate: October 26, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Roseville, California, United States
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 15 Tommy Kono

Tommy Kono
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Famous As: Weightlifter
Birthdate: June 27, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sacramento, California, United States
Died: April 24, 2016

 16 Vasily Alekseyev

Vasily Alekseyev
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Famous As: Weightlifter
Birthdate: January 7, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Pokrovo-Shishkino, Ryazan Oblast, Russia
Died: November 25, 2011
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 17 Dmitry Klokov

Dmitry Klokov
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Famous As: Weightlifter
Birthdate: February 18, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Balashikha, Russia

 18 Saikhom Mirabai Chanu

Saikhom Mirabai Chanu
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Famous As: Weightlifter
Birthdate: August 8, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Imphal East district
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 19 Fares El-Bakh

Fares El-Bakh
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Famous As: Weightlifter
Birthdate: June 4, 1998
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Qatar

 20 Matthias Steiner

Matthias Steiner
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Famous As: Weightlifter
Birthdate: August 25, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
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 21 Pyrros Dimas

Pyrros Dimas
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Famous As: Politician, Weightlifter
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.

 22 April Hunter

April Hunter
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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: September 24, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Philadelphia, United States
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 23 Paul Anderson

Paul Anderson
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Famous As: Weightlifter, Powerlifter
Birthdate: October 17, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Toccoa, Georgia, United States
Died: August 15, 1994

 24 Kjell Nilsson

Kjell Nilsson
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Famous As: Actor, Weightlifter
Birthdate: December 19, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden

 25 Jang Mi-ran

Jang Mi-ran
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Famous As: Weightlifter
Birthdate: October 9, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gangwon, South Korea

 26 Ilya Ilyin

Ilya Ilyin
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Famous As: Weightlifter
Birthdate: May 24, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kyzylorda, Kazakhstan
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 27 Ed Corney

Ed Corney
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Famous As: Model, Bodybuilder
Birthdate: November 9, 1933
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hawaii
Died: January 1, 2019

 28 Behdad Salimi

Behdad Salimi
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Famous As: Weightlifter
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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 29 Lidia Valentín

Lidia Valentín
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Famous As: Weightlifter
Birthdate: February 10, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ponferrada, Spain

 30 Karnam Malleswari

Karnam Malleswari
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Famous As: Weightlifter
Birthdate: June 1, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Srikakulam district, Andhra Pradesh, India
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 31 Ric Drasin

Ric Drasin
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Famous As: Actor, Wrestler
Birthdate: July 12, 1944
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bakersfield, California, United States
Died: August 30, 2020

 32 Kianoush Rostami

Kianoush Rostami
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Famous As: Weightlifter
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.

 33 Vince Gironda

Vince Gironda
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Famous As: Bodybuilder, Writer
Birthdate: November 9, 1917
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States
Died: October 18, 1999

 34 Tatiana Kashirina

Tatiana Kashirina
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Famous As: Weightlifter
Birthdate: January 24, 1991
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Noginsk, Russia
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 35 Sarah Robles

Sarah Robles
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Famous As: Weightlifter
Birthdate: August 1, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States

 36 Bruce Wilhelm

Bruce Wilhelm
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Famous As: Weightlifter
Birthdate: July 13, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sunnyvale, California, United States
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 37 Hossein Rezazadeh

Hossein Rezazadeh
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Famous As: Weightlifter
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. 

 38 Holley Mangold

Holley Mangold
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Famous As: Weightlifter
Birthdate: December 22, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kettering, Ohio, United States

 39 Jouko Ahola

Jouko Ahola
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Famous As: Powerlifter
Birthdate: December 1, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hämeenlinna, Finland

 40 Gary Taylor

Gary Taylor
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Famous As: Powerlifter, Weightlifter
Birthdate: October 14, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cardiff, Wales

 41 Julius Naranjo

Julius Naranjo
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Famous As: Weightlifter
Birthdate: June 14, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tamuning, Guam, United States

 42 Mikhail Koklyaev

Mikhail Koklyaev
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Famous As: Weightlifter, Powerlifter
Birthdate: December 17, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chelyabinsk, Russia

 43 Li Wenwen

Li Wenwen
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Famous As: Weightlifter
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.

 44 John Grimek

John Grimek
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Famous As: Weightlifter, Bodybuilder
Birthdate: June 17, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Perth Amboy, New Jersey, United States
Died: November 20, 1998

 45 Mattie Rogers

Mattie Rogers
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Famous As: Weightlifter
Birthdate: August 23, 1995
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Apopka, Florida, United States

 46 Shi Zhiyong

Shi Zhiyong
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Famous As: Weightlifter
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.

 47 Tian Tao

Tian Tao
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Famous As: Weightlifter
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.

 48 Yossef Romano

Yossef Romano
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Famous As: Weightlifter
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.

 49 Charles Rigoulot

Charles Rigoulot
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Famous As: Weightlifter
Birthdate: November 3, 1903
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Le Vésinet, France
Died: August 22, 1962

 50 Giuliano Stroe

Giuliano Stroe
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Famous As: Bodybuilder, Gymnast
Birthdate: June 18, 2004
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Piove di Sacco, Italy