Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Pic of the week - Halil Mutlu

Halili Mutlu from Turkey is one of the greatest Olympians of all time.
He has won 3 Olympic Gold medals at the -56kg weight division. He won gold in Atlanta 96 Sydney 2000 and Athens 04, he has also won 5 world championships and 9 European Championships.
His biggest lift in the -56kg weight division for the Snatch (and still current world record) is 138.5kg and his power clean and jerk is 305kg and is also the current world record.
Many people in Australia don't fathom the significance of winning 3 gold medals in 3 consecutive games. In weightlifting you can only win 1 medal per Olympics, therefore Halil dominated for the span of around 12 years. Compare that to many swimmers won win 4 medals in 1 games, that's potentially only 1 or 2 years of good form, this guy dominated for 12 years.
Its awesome and very inspirational.

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