Halil Mutlu: Astonishing in Athens

Halil Mutlu and his 137.5 kg world record snatch in the 56-kg class at the 1999 World Weightlifting Championships. IronMind® | ©Randall J. Strossen photo

It was the 1999 World Weightlifting Championships in Athens, Greece and setting the stage for a red hot contest, Halil Mutlu (Turkey) lit the fuse in the first men’s class: 56 kg.

When everyone else was done snatching, Mutlu opened . . . he did the same thing in the clean and jerk and even though he only took five attempts, he broke four world records and beat his nearest competitor by 20 kg!

Never saw it person, or maybe you’d like to relive a great moment in weightlifting history? Here you go, the latest installment of the IronMind Big Lift Series:



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