Hafız Süleymanoğlu

Hafız Süleymanoğlu (born January 23, 1967), formerly known as Hafız Süleymanov, is a retired Turkish weightlifter of Azerbaijani origin competing in bantamweight and featherweight divisions. He held world and European champion titles.

Hafız Süleymanoğlu
Personal information
Birth nameHafız Süleymanov
NationalityAzerbaijani
Born (1967-01-23) January 23, 1967 (age 54)
Sumqayıt, Azerbaijan SSR
Sport
CountrySoviet Union, Turkey
SportWeightlifting
Event(s)–56 kg, –59 kg and –60 kg

CareerEdit

He started weightlifting at the age of 15 in Azerbaijan. In 1985, he was admitted to the national team of the Soviet Union. He earned European and world champion titles in juniors category. In 1989, Hafız Süleymanov became world and European champion in seniors category for the Soviet Union.

After his participation at the 1989 World Weightlifting Championships, he defected from the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic and immigrated to Turkey. He earned his first medal for Turkey in gold in the -56 kg snatch division at the 1990 World Weightlifting Championships held in Budapest, Hungary. Unfortunately, he broke his arm during the clean and jerk session. He received various medals in world and European championships, and became twice more European champion, at the 1991 European Weightlifting Championships in Władysławowo, Poland in the -56 kg division and at the 1997 European Weightlifting Championships in Rijeka, Croatia in the -64 kg division.

Hafız Sülemanoğlu participated twice at the Olympics, 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain and 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, USA. He is gold medalist in 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, USA.

At the 1998 World Weightlifting Championships held in Lahti, Finland, he could reach the 9th rank only. As he repeated his unsuccessful competitions at the 1999 European Weightlifting Championships in A Coruña, Spain and at the 1999 World Weightlifting Championships in Athens, Greece, Turkey Weightlifting Federation decided to take him out of the national team. Hafız Süleymanoğlu declared thereupon that he will return to Azerbaijan.[1][2]

AchievementsEdit

World Championships
Rank Discipline Snatch Clean&Jerk Total Place Date
  Silver -56 kg 130.0 Athens, GRE Sep 16–23, 1989[3]
  Gold 157.5
  Gold 287.5
  Gold -56 kg 132.5 Budapest, HUN Nov 10–18, 1990
  Silver -59 kg 135.0 Melbourne, AUS Nov 11-21, 1993[4]
  Silver 295.0
  Silver -59 kg 135.0 Istanbul, TUR Nov 17-27, 1994[5]
  Silver 162.5
  Silver 297.5
  Silver -64 kg 145.0 Chiang Mai, THA Dec 6-14, 1997[6]
  Silver 315.0
European Championships
Rank Discipline Snatch Clean&Jerk Total Place Date
  Gold -56 kg 130.0 Athens, GRE 1989[7]
  Gold 157.5
  Gold 287.5
  Gold -56 kg 125.0 Władysławowo, POL 1991[8]
  Gold 147.5
  Gold 272.5
  Silver -59 kg 130.0 Sofia, BUL 1993[9]
  Silver 160.0
  Silver 290.0
  Gold -59 kg 135.0 Warsaw, POL 1995[10]
  Bronze 162.5
  Bronze 297.5
  Gold -64 kg 142.5 Rijeka, CRO 1997[11]
  Gold 165.0
  Gold 307.5

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "78. Avrupa Halter Şampiyonası". Türkiye Online (in Turkish). 1999-04-14. Archived from the original on 2011-10-09. Retrieved 2011-11-06.
  2. ^ "Hafız'a boykot". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 1999-11-25. Retrieved 2011-11-06.
  3. ^ "1989 World Weightlifting Championship Result Bantamweight". Chidlovski. Retrieved 2011-11-04.
  4. ^ "1993 World Weightlifting Championship Result Bantamweight". Chidlovski. Retrieved 2011-11-04.
  5. ^ "1994 World Weightlifting Championship Result Bantamweight". Chidlovski. Retrieved 2011-11-04.
  6. ^ "1997 World Weightlifting Championship Result Featherweight". Chidlovski. Retrieved 2011-11-04.
  7. ^ "1989 European Weightlifting Championship Result Bantamweight". Chidlovski. Retrieved 2011-11-04.
  8. ^ "1991 European Weightlifting Championship Result Bantamweight". Chidlovski. Retrieved 2011-11-04.
  9. ^ "1993 European Weightlifting Championship Result Bantamweight". Chidlovski. Retrieved 2011-11-04.
  10. ^ "1995 European Weightlifting Championship Result Bantamweight". Chidlovski. Retrieved 2011-11-04.
  11. ^ "1997 European Weightlifting Championship Result Featherweight". Chidlovski. Retrieved 2011-11-04.