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  • Süleymanoğlu breaks the World Record to take gold | Video

    Süleymanoğlu breaks the World Record to take gold

    Weightlifter Naim Süleymanoğlu made his Olympic debut in Seoul by taking the eyes of the worked. He was quickly nicknamed “The Pocket Hercules” for the combination of his short stature (1.47m or 4ft10in) and incredible display of strength.   Born in Bulgaria to Turkish parents, Süleymanoğlu obtained Turkish citizenship in 1986 and was now representing Turkey in the weightlifting competition at the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games.   “The Pocket Hercules” lifted 190.0kg in the clean and jerk; and 152.5kg in the snatch, reaching a total of 342.5kg. This result gave him both the Olympic gold medal and new world record, by an impressive 30kg.   Naim Süleymanoğlu would still be back at the Olympic Games in Barcelona 1992 and Atlanta 1996 to win two more Olympic gold medals and have his final Summer Games at Sydney 2000.
  • Paul Tergat: “I’ll always remember Sydney” | Video

    Paul Tergat: “I’ll always remember Sydney”

    One of the greats of cross-country and long-distance running, Kenya’s Paul Tergat finished second to Ethiopia’s Haile Gebrselassie in the 10,000m at Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000, where the pair fought out a memorable duel. In the latest interview for our Words of Olympians series, Tergat recalls the scintillating sprint finish in Sydney.
  • The mighty weightlifter's third Olympic gold medal - Pyrros Dimas | Video

    The mighty weightlifter's third Olympic gold medal - Pyrros Dimas

    After winning the Olympic gold medal in both Barcelona 1992 and Atlanta 1996, Pyrros Dimas arrived in Sydney aiming for the top. Could the mighty weightlifter overcome his previous injuries and be Olympic champion for the third time?   Lifting an impressive 390kg in total, Pyrros Dimas once again earned his position on the highest step of podium, becoming only the third weightlifter ever to win three Olympic gold medals.
  • Agassi Adds a Gold Medal to His Amazing CV | Video

    Agassi Adds a Gold Medal to His Amazing CV

    At the 1996 Atlanta Games, Andre Agassi cemented his place as one of the greatest tennis players of all time, adding a gold Olympic medal to his incredible CV. Representing the United States, Agassi triumphed over Sergi Bruguera of Spain 6-2, 6-3, 6-1, winning the singles Olympic title. Leander Paes of India received the bronze medal in an ealier match. Tennis Singles Men's Final - Atlanta 1996 Summer Olympics - Andre Agassi (USA), Sergi Bruguera (ESP), Leander Paes (IND)
  • Birgit Fischer Becomes an Olympic Kayaking Legend | Video

    Birgit Fischer Becomes an Olympic Kayaking Legend

    Birgit Fischer is a kayaking legend and one of the greatest Olympic athletes of all time. During his Olympic career she has claimed 12 Olympic medals (8 golds and 4 silvers), and she has competed in 6 different Olympic Games. Fischer is the most decorated kayaking athlete and the only woman to have won Olympic medals 20 years apart. Birgit Fischer (GDR, GER) - Canoe Kayak Flatwater - Moscow 1980, Seoul 1988, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000
  • The Pocket Hercules - One of the Greatest Weightlifters | Video

    The Pocket Hercules - One of the Greatest Weightlifters

    Despite being only 1.47m tall, Naim Suleymanoglu nicknamed “the pocket Hercules” proved the world to be one of the greatest weightlifters of all time. In 1996, Naim breaks his own world record to claim the 64kg Olympic title, becoming the first weightlifter to win gold at three different Olympics. Weightlifting 64Kg Men's Final - Atlanta 1996 Summer Olympics - Naim Suleymanoglu (TUR), Valerios Leonidis (GRE), Xiao Jiangang (CHN)
  • Carl Lewis' Impressive Olympic History | Video

    Carl Lewis' Impressive Olympic History

    American Carl Lewis is one of the few athletes who have won 9 gold medals during his Olympic career (2 in the 100m, 1 in the 200m, 2 in the 4x100m, and 4 in the long jump). Lewis participated in four Olympic games, he equaled Jesse Owens' legendary performance by winning 4 golds in a single Olympics in 1984. He is also the only man who has won the long jump Olympic title four consecutive times. Carl Lewis (USA) - Athletics - Los Angeles 1984, Seoul 1998, Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996
  • Take the Mic: Carl Lewis | Video

    Take the Mic: Carl Lewis

    The American legend commentates on the gold medal he won in 1984 and his long jump in the Olympic Games of 1988 and Atlanta 1996.
  • Top 3 - Triple Jump | Video

    Top 3 - Triple Jump

    Celebrating its centenary on the Olympic programme at Atlanta 1996, the men’s triple jump competition served up a record-breaking and thrilling encounter between two of the discipline’s all-time greats.
  • Arantxa Sanchez - Spain's Most Decorated Athlete | Video

    Arantxa Sanchez - Spain's Most Decorated Athlete

    Arantxa Sanchez Vicario is the only tennis player to participate in 5 Olympic Games (Seoul 1988, Barcerlona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004). She's Spain's most decorated athlete with four Olympic medals under her belt. At the Barcelona Games, she went on to win a silver and a bronze medal in doubles and singles respectively. In Atlanta, Arantxa captured the doubles bronze and singles silver. Arantxa Sanchez Vicario (ESP) - Tennis - Barcerlona 1992, Atlanta 1996
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