In the late afternoon of Monday july 22nd more than 5,000 spectators filled the weightlifting hall at the Georgia World Congress center to Witness a classic confrontation between two of the strongest men in the world the meeting between nine fully monitor of turkey and Bellarius lay leaders of Greece in the 64 kilogram Featherweight division The Hall is evenly divided with Partisan spectators hundreds of turks on one side Equally as many greeks on the other side In weightlifting the competition is divided into two disciplines the snatch in which the bar is lifted overhead in one motion and The Clean-And-Jerk where the bar is lifted to [the] chest then overhead Each litter has three attempts in each discipline increasing the weight with each successful lift The highest total score of both disciplines is the winner of the gold Medal? If there is a tie the winner is the man with the lowest body weight the Turkish spectators anticipate a history-making performance by name [Solemn] [olive], [ooh] Since 1983 he is undefeated in world and Olympic competition Suleymanoglu is the winner [of] gold medals at both the 1988 seoul and 1992, Barcelona Olympics if he wins here it would become the only lifter in history to win three successive, Olympic gold medals Blocking his path is Valerius lair needless of [Greece] who finished fifth behind Suleiman [alou] four years ago in Barcelona but at the 1995 world Championships there needeth tied Suleiman alou in total poundage only to lose because he weighed slightly more now here in Atlanta Leonie this has the advantage if there is a tie he weighed in at 139 pounds more than a pound less than Suleymanoglu There is additional drama this night the political aspects of the contest There is a history of strife between turkey and greece Leading to the latest crisis six months earlier when turkey laid claim to an uninhabited Island in the Aegean sea An Island that athens claimed belonged to greece? In my relationship with name it is not [a] contest of countries it is a contest of pride and Sportsmanship I Believe the people of greece honestly loved name. He’s a man of phenomenal talent For me just to be at the point in which I’m able to compete against him with a chance to win is an achievement This is what the competition is about pride and Sportsmanship For many years in my career, especially the last eight years [I] didn’t have Rivals or real competition Not until only this came along did I have any difficult contests? Once we tied in a competition, but I was victorious because I weighed less [than] him After the event we would sit down and talk He is very down-To-earth and has the true qualities of a magnificent Sportsman so romano lose rise to legendary fame is a combination of superhuman strength and political intrigue of Cloak-And-Dagger scenario that has no equal in Olympic history He was born in a bulgarian Mountain Village inhabited mostly by ethnic turks And at the age of 15 [said] his first world record competing for bulgaria The following year he received worldwide acclaim when weighing 120 three and a half pounds He lifted more than three times his body weight So [lemond] oulu was expected to win a gold medal at the 1984 Los [Angeles] games, but the soviet, Led Boycott prevented him from competing He continued training as a member of the national team, but soon [bulgaria] changed its Policy toward ethnic turks His people oppressed and persecuted were forced to change their turkish names to [Bulgarian] In 1986 while competing in Australia he escaped from the bulgarian team and applied for Turkish citizenship This serious diplomatic problem was finally resolved when turkey paid bulgaria 1 million dollars for his release Now he would compete as a turkish citizen after winning his first gold medal at the 1988 seoul games, so the mono [liu] returned to Ankara A National Holiday was declared and thousands lined the Parade route in what was called the largest celebration in Turkish history Four years later in Barcelona. He again stood on the top step of the award [Fody] [‘m] Now here in [Atlanta] he faces the greatest challenge of his career For the first time Suleymanoglu is not separate and apart from the other lifters Though he still holds the world record for total weight he has lost the individual world records he used to hold Wah wah wah China holds the snatch world record and belarus Leonides is the world record holder in the clean-And-Jerk 36 Men are entered in the competition Noli But the majority would have completed their three lifts in the snatch Before Suleymanoglu [Lera] Nevis and warm step onto the platform for the first time by Nolan I loads of our from 140 Years first attempt Finally they only this makes his first lift when the weight reaches 140 kilos 308 pounds Well [Touchy] Leonie this is greeted by his coach. This [is] Chicago now the psychological games begin So they’re mono who asks for two and a half kilos more than Lay Anita’s then he and his coaches decide to Raise the weight to 145 Kilos the equivalent of 11 pounds more than his greek adversary but After one list so the Mana will leaves [leone] this by Five Kilos His brother who quran who trains him watches from the side of the stage? wong the world record Holder in the snatch Tries 145 Kilos He fails Leonides now attempts the same weight 145 Kilos He and Sulaymanoglu are now tied, but Naim has two attempts remaining and Leonides one. Wrong misses his second and third attempts and is out of the competition Leonides and Suleymanoglu are the only ones left in the snatch On his second attempt Suleymanoglu raises the stakes another two and a half kilos to one hundred forty seven and a half Five and a half pounds more than his last attempt Sa mo K9 freedom honor. They remain tied Each has one lift where maybe the tick was he missing they’re hilarious Leonides Greece [Lair] Anita’s his last attempt will be 147 and a half kilos if he is successful he will take the lead Noli third attempt, which was MSA ie suleiman – Suleiman [I’d] [losses] You will be in the lead Your knight is first place [whiter] body now Suleiman Oh lose third and final attempt at the 147 and a half kilos Guess he did it With the snatch completed in the event hangover so tomorrow you will take his two and a half kilo lead into the clean-And-jerk competition place Then lee this is in a three-way tie for second place with his teammate yer [ghost] [leds] and xiao Jiang Dong of China The weightlifting world knows that the battle for the gold Medal will be between two dying suleiman [oh], [Lu] of turkey and Valerius Leia Neither, so Greece ah Suleiman oh, Lu and Leonie this wait backstage for the start of their confrontation in the clean-And-jerk Another battle is taking place one of strategy What will be their starting weight? What will their opponent choose if they start too high they risk an early miss starting too low could result in a wasted attempt? With only two and a half kilos separating them [in] just three attempts remaining one mistake can cost either other than the gold Medal The final confrontation is just a few minutes away on Stage Xiao, Jing gong of China lifts [177] and a [half] kilos good enough for the Bronze Medal Backstage rarely this is Coach [Christos]. Yoko who is nervous but confident? We knew how [difficult] it would be to defeat him he secures from time to time I would tell him you can do it you can beat name I am not different with him than any of my athletes that is my job to encourage them and I really impressed on him his technique always be careful of your technique and beat 9 the next [look] ok [see] [now] you worry about it. Finally the decision is made so romano, Lu will start the clean and jerk at 180 Kilos Three hundred ninety six and three-quarter pounds only three kilos below Leonie this is world record Clearly this declares the same weight Cycling and you slap me. Yes, Disco, proton ahi technique Jana She’ll [octopod] [IPara] Romano who still leads by two and a half Kilos Now the most critical part of the competition each has two attempts left Sulemani Lou decides he wants to break open the competition and place the pressure on Lay Anita’s He asks for 185 kilos two kilos greater than lay analysis World record [stop] Sulemani [LiU] placards the number one side With this one effort he has created two world records one in the clan injured and one for combined total weight he now leads, Leonidas by Seven and a half Kilos I Was not happy, but I did not show We decided [that] we [must] try a superhuman effort [I] Told him we must try one hundred eighty seven and a half kilos Two and a half kilos more than what name just accomplished and also a world record luckily out the morning We’ll see you later. There are now [tied] [in] total poundage, but leonidas leads because of his lower body weight I Knew the competition does not end until [9] finishes if it was anyone else I would have been more secure but not with [mine]. I knew that in the past he has always found a way to Three world records have been created in little more than a minute now the final dip Willimon alou and [Leonidas] I must confess after [the] last lift of 185 Kilos I thought I had won the competition Then [leonid] is lifted what I thought he could not do but he did it [in] [weightlifting] you must do what it takes to win, and he did it Now on my last lift. I must do what is necessary to well Name will attempt one hundred eighty seven and a half kilos the weight that Leia neither slipped it If he succeeds he will again go into the lead by two and a half kilos Soon [Allahu] is in the lead one little moon another world record in a total weight the fourth World record His brother muharrem already has claimed victory But [nine] Sulaiman Abu is not certain once before in this competition he thought he had clinched the title I Originally thought [I] might watch his final lift but my people told me not to So I went backstage to await the [outcome] Even though you don’t watch you know what’s happening Earlier whenever leone this was successful. I could [hear] the screaming of the greeks in [the] audience Whether I watched or not, I would know who won Deep inside me. I believed I still had the [chance] to win. I would have to lift a hundred 90 kilos Seven Kilos higher than my world record before the competition began But I thought I had a chance That is why this was such a beautiful competition third attempt by the MSA filarial United Family this takes the long walk to the platform If he makes it he will again tie sulaymana loose for total weight, but the gold Medal will be his because he weighs less Backstage [Suleiman] [Aloo] realizes that for the first time he will not be in control of the outcome Gold-Medal the ladies ladies and gentlemen this concludes the gryphon competition A few minutes will have the picture show me the medalists in this event Named Suleiman alou becomes the first weightlifter to win three gold medals But for various [Leone’s] there is also Glory For in a contest where world records were broken four times in less than five minutes in a contest that many consider the greatest in Olympic history There is as much honor in defeat as there is in Victory Not Wanna there will be many nights in the future when I will dream of this competition [I] Came to win the gold Medal [not] the silver But I’m a person who acknowledges and admire Superb performances, and that is what name did That is why she’s so great You push yourself hard, and he pushes himself harder and that [is] why when we met before the awards [I] said? name you are the best and he said No Valerio’s. We are both the best

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  • December 26, 2018 at 3:54 pm
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    The pocket Hercules

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  • December 29, 2018 at 7:19 pm
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    This is the second time I've watched this. Is so amazing to see

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  • January 3, 2019 at 6:26 am
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    I swear. I wish these two men nothing but the ultimate best. God bless both these warriors.

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  • January 4, 2019 at 5:47 pm
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    Olympic spirit at its very best!!!!

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  • January 6, 2019 at 12:15 am
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    Naim recieved his schooling in Bulgaria! Coaching in bulgarian is heard in the background!

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  • January 13, 2019 at 10:15 am
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    Two fantastic people we never forget you.

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  • January 15, 2019 at 6:18 am
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    187.50 kg wow

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  • January 18, 2019 at 3:06 pm
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    Leonidis definetly had that last lift. Shouldn't have given up

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  • January 21, 2019 at 5:06 pm
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    Valerios looks more human but he pushes himself to the limits. Naim looks like a miracle of nature . Both were great examples for human motivation

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  • January 25, 2019 at 1:19 pm
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    MEKANIN CENNET OLSUN RAHAT UYU NAİM SÜLEYMANOĞLU, NAİM AND VALERİOS RESPECT YOU ARE THE BEST .. I LOVE TÜRKİYE AND GREECE !!!

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  • February 1, 2019 at 3:16 am
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    Amazing

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  • February 2, 2019 at 2:42 pm
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    His arms are so short the weight is one inch over his head

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  • February 2, 2019 at 5:02 pm
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    Liked it but these guys aren't even near the level of the strongest men in the world

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  • February 3, 2019 at 2:36 pm
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    Very tough guys – enjoyable to watch these Titans !!!

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  • February 4, 2019 at 5:14 pm
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    I'm shaking cause of nerves I can feel it as if I were there. I cant even imagine what all of the people felt.

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  • February 5, 2019 at 8:20 pm
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    Ο πυρός Δήμας που ειναι

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  • February 7, 2019 at 7:53 pm
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    Allah sana rahmeti ile muamele eylesin inşallah büyük şampiyon Naim süleymanoğlu

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  • February 9, 2019 at 4:30 pm
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    Awesome. Muscle mass per unit of height. Physics cannot be denied.

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  • February 10, 2019 at 2:38 pm
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    Honorable competition

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  • February 17, 2019 at 1:44 pm
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    Pocket Hercules

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  • February 18, 2019 at 5:52 pm
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    hadi bakiiim kırın da görelim

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  • February 27, 2019 at 6:11 pm
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    thank you turkey for naim one of many Olympics heroes that I admire that what makes the Olympics fun.

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  • March 10, 2019 at 10:05 pm
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    this guy could narrate paint drying and I'd find it fascinating.

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  • March 14, 2019 at 10:46 pm
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    Amazing documentary about some amazing athletes!

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  • March 18, 2019 at 5:12 am
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    Christ they look so short lol

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  • March 23, 2019 at 5:31 pm
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    A Greek vs. a Turk.

    Just a classic battle!

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  • March 27, 2019 at 5:02 pm
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    Битва титанов – ЧЕ-74 Давид Ригерт против Андон Николова,
    ОИ-96 Найм Сулейманоглу(он же Найм Сулеминов,он же Наум Шаламанов) против Валериоса Леонидаса (он же Валерий Леонов)
    ЧМ-2011 Хаджимурат Аккаев против Клокова

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  • April 5, 2019 at 5:27 pm
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    Usain Bolt is the Naim suleymanoglu in Sprinting

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  • April 6, 2019 at 3:15 am
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    Get someone in your life that supports you like Suleymanoglu’s brother.

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  • April 7, 2019 at 9:33 am
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    It’s really unfair with the lower body weight. He’s also smaller in height and his height also make it easier to lift.

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  • April 9, 2019 at 1:06 pm
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    R.I.P BEST CHAMPION.TURKEY.S

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  • April 9, 2019 at 3:25 pm
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    Wow.

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  • April 10, 2019 at 9:28 am
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    Naim is so small, how can he lift such weights ???

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  • April 10, 2019 at 8:38 pm
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    Two legends, one picture, friendship!!!!

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  • April 11, 2019 at 1:18 pm
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    Suleymanoglu legend of the World

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  • April 14, 2019 at 12:01 am
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    Bruh Valerios is my coach

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  • April 18, 2019 at 10:07 pm
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    Greek and Turkish people BOTH THE BEST IN HISTORY of THE WORLD

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  • April 21, 2019 at 1:18 pm
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    if only people were as peaceful and friendly as this comment section.

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  • April 22, 2019 at 12:07 am
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    The greatest in olympic history still is . RIP Nain and long live valerios you both are legendary . Light upon you

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  • April 22, 2019 at 12:12 am
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    Magnificence is the word. Ya allahh

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  • April 27, 2019 at 4:39 pm
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    This is what our sportsmen should be like… So much integrity and honour. True Gladiators

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  • April 29, 2019 at 8:34 am
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    why this guys hands barely reach 4 inches above his head?? that's a hack he should be banned his he a T-Rex?

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  • May 1, 2019 at 9:01 am
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    16:16 come on diyen adama SISLAN!! Tepkisi efsane 😀

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  • May 2, 2019 at 12:57 am
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    I"m feeling very out-of-shape right now.

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  • May 3, 2019 at 1:03 am
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    Very strong 💪

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  • May 4, 2019 at 11:21 pm
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    Naim suleymanoglu 60 altin madalda 49 rekor kirarak 60 ila 64 kilo rekorlari 2050 yilinda kiralabilecek rekorlara imza atmistir kilosu kadar altin madalyaya sahiptir ruhun saad olsun buyuk adam

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  • May 5, 2019 at 2:51 pm
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    I came to tears at the end. Turks and Greeks are friends, Love in the Aegean

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  • May 7, 2019 at 2:03 am
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    “We are both the best”!!!!

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  • May 9, 2019 at 12:02 am
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    Gururumuz Naim Süleymanoğlu. Kendi ağırlığının 3 katından fazla ağırlık kaldırmış bir efsane. Gelmiş geçmiş en iyi halterci

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  • May 13, 2019 at 11:36 pm
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    Dam is he a midget?

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  • May 16, 2019 at 2:12 am
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    Watching friendly but legendary rivalry makes any sport awesome.

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  • May 18, 2019 at 6:58 am
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    Why is Niam's record is not listed as an official world record

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  • May 18, 2019 at 7:15 am
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    the greatest frein from el

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  • May 18, 2019 at 12:07 pm
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    7:26 this is Ivan Abadjiev , I didnt know that he was a coach of the turkish team

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  • May 21, 2019 at 11:51 am
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    This brought tears to my eyes. Mutual admiration and respect. This is beautiful.

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  • May 22, 2019 at 5:01 am
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    I remember this being highlighted by NBC in the 1996 Olympics. Exactly 10 years later I purchased from Jim Schmitz a VHS collection of the weightlifting competition in the Atlanta, Olympics 1996. Nearly the entire competition was covered and was in real time, no editing, commercials etc. It was incredible. This film presentation really impressed me because the lifters were profiled. Both nations should be proud of their respected lifters. Both were champions on and off the platform.

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  • May 23, 2019 at 4:36 am
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    I watched these Olympics at the beach in South Carolina when I was 8. I don't remember the picture being this fuzzy lol.

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  • May 25, 2019 at 2:31 am
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    That last quotes a real tearjerker. Class guys

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  • May 27, 2019 at 10:25 am
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    What!!!!!!!

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  • June 6, 2019 at 5:07 am
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    Amazing battle, great athletes and we have to give some credit to the amazing voice of the narrator. Cheers from Houston, TX.

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  • June 9, 2019 at 6:35 am
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    Respect from the bottom of my heart. Both were incredible.

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  • June 26, 2019 at 3:12 am
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    Valerius and Naim hart are
    bigger than the Word Record they broke.

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  • June 26, 2019 at 9:58 pm
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    Great competition!

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  • June 28, 2019 at 5:45 am
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    şu yunanlıları her konuda sikmekten bıktık

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  • June 28, 2019 at 9:12 pm
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    This was very powerfull. Nothing but respect to these two athletes and the great countries of Greece and Turkey.

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  • July 1, 2019 at 4:34 am
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    Man!!!!inspiring

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  • July 3, 2019 at 5:03 pm
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    The sheer passion of both the weightlifters and emotions of the coach and the brother.
    Hats Off

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  • July 3, 2019 at 5:20 pm
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    Pocket gercules)

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  • July 7, 2019 at 9:04 am
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    That moment at 23:00 is still my favorite.

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  • July 12, 2019 at 11:28 am
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    Герои ….. Сулейман особенно!

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  • July 12, 2019 at 11:30 am
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    У Сулеймана лучшие ростовые соотношения для подъема штанги. Но …. кто их мешает сделать таковыми другим атлетам? Потому …. Сулейман лучший!

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  • July 12, 2019 at 11:32 am
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    Самое главное …. он поднимает на пределе техники и сил! Он все выжимает из себя!!!!!

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  • July 27, 2019 at 4:05 am
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    Respect these two big lifter and don t think we can ever see this kind of battle again thank u guys respect from Turkey

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  • July 29, 2019 at 5:36 pm
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    It's about to possibilities.. Naim was a God for lifting. And some mortal soul came up and says " i compete the God "
    Thats the important thing i think. Leonidis is a greatest athele all of the time cause he compete against a God.
    Both of you best… RIP Naim.

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  • July 30, 2019 at 10:24 am
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    🇹🇷🇬🇷 we are friend

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  • August 1, 2019 at 12:59 am
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    Battle of the titans

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  • August 5, 2019 at 1:30 pm
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    I call Greeks Christian Turks
    And the Turks are Muslim Greeks
    That's how close and similar we are to each other..But unfortunately politicians overshadow's this reality..What a pity..

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  • August 5, 2019 at 6:38 pm
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    no valerios we are both the best

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  • August 6, 2019 at 6:12 pm
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    I hope these two gentlemens will give a good lesson to their nations! Turks and Greeks cannot leave each other. It's like blood-brother. R.I.P NAIM!

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  • August 8, 2019 at 7:29 pm
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    Ne Mutlu Türk'üm Diyene

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  • August 9, 2019 at 11:38 am
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    Altius, Fortius, Citius … Olympic motto … I think If we had to put a single photo as Fortius, we should put Naim's photo.

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  • August 11, 2019 at 12:42 am
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    Naim it’s Bulgarian Always will be Bulgarian

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  • August 11, 2019 at 1:02 am
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    Rest in peace my friend

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  • August 11, 2019 at 11:20 pm
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    These two guys show nothing but class . something the rest of the world could use.

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  • August 12, 2019 at 8:36 pm
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    I remember watching this!! It was AMAZING!!

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  • August 14, 2019 at 2:50 pm
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    Megalomaniac Greece🤣

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  • August 16, 2019 at 12:44 am
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    He used steroids even though he was very strong. The Greek, I don't know about with drugs.

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  • August 16, 2019 at 5:45 pm
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    7:25 Ivan Abadjiev
    14:03 "бързо, бързо, бързо!"

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  • August 17, 2019 at 12:10 am
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    the guy in the red by Naim is Arabadziev the man who found Naim in Bulgaria and made him a champion, like many others. He deserves some credit too

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  • August 18, 2019 at 1:02 am
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    The good old times.

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  • August 23, 2019 at 2:20 am
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    We are both the best

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  • August 25, 2019 at 7:39 am
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    That's how sports should unite people and not separate them! Great example by two great athletes, Naim Suleymanoglu, may you rest in peace..

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  • August 30, 2019 at 5:36 am
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    we miss you naim

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  • August 30, 2019 at 6:32 pm
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    A tie breaker should not come down to who weighs more. They should keep lifting weights until the tie is broken.

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  • August 30, 2019 at 8:12 pm
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    what a game. i thought i was watching a movie.

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  • August 30, 2019 at 11:22 pm
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    Respect leonidis and naim

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  • September 1, 2019 at 5:15 pm
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    Aslinda kimseyi halteri sevmedi, herkes Naimi sevdi

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  • September 2, 2019 at 2:54 pm
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    Great man naim suluymanoglu mekanin cennet olsun allah rahmet eylesin seni asla unutmicayiz

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  • September 3, 2019 at 9:13 pm
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    REST IN PEACE 🤲🤲🤲🤲 GREAT CHAMPION 🥇🥇🥇🥇🥇🥇🥇🥇🥇🥇❣️😭

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  • September 4, 2019 at 11:43 am
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    Naim is a true champion and a gentleman

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