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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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