Halil Mutlu

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Halil Mutlu
Personal information
Nationality Turkish
Born (1973-07-14) July 14, 1973 (age 44)
Postnik, Momchilgrad municipality, Kardzhali Province, Bulgaria
Height 1.50 m (4 ft 11 in)
Sport
Country Turkey
Sport Weightlifting
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • Snatch: 147.5 kg (2003)
  • Clean and jerk: 175 kg (2003)
  • Total: 322.5 kg (2003)


Halil Mutlu (born Halil Aliev (Bulgarian: Халил Алиев)[1] on July 14, 1973 in Postnik, Bulgaria) is a professional Turkish weightlifter with several World and Olympic championships. Mutlu is one of the four weightlifters achieving three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games. His weightlifting career includes five World championships, nine European championships and more than 20 world records at 52 kg (115 lb), 54 kg (119 lb) and 56 kg (123 lb) combined.

Career[edit]

In 1994, he won both the European and world championships, titles that would soon become commonplace for him. He made his first Olympic appearance in 1992 in the 52 kg category and finished fifth.[2] In 1996, in the 54 kg category, the reigning world champion and world record holder, Mutlu broke the world record in the snatch and went on to win the gold medal by 7.5 kg.[3] At the 1999 World Championships he beat silver medal winner Adrian Jigău by around 20 kg and set a new world record.[4] He remained undefeated until the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, where he was even more dominant than he had been in Atlanta. This time he set world records in both the snatch and the clean and jerk and won by 17.5 kg in the 56 kg category.[5]

He was suffering from a shoulder injury in 2003 and temporarily moved to the 62 kg class. His career appeared in doubt after a torn right rotator cuff and ruptured biceps tendon sidelined him for most of 2002.

Mutlu dominated in his weight class since mid-1990s. By the time of the Athens Olympics in 2004, Mutlu won the world championship five times, although he had missed the 2002 season because of injury. In Athens he out lifted Wu Meijin of China by 5 kg in the snatch and then extended his lead in the jerk to earn victory by 7.5 kg. At 31, he captured his third consecutive gold medal at the Olympics in Athens.[6]

Steroid ban[edit]

In 2005, Mutlu was banned from international competition by the International Weightlifting Federation for 2 years for use of anabolic steroid Nandrolone, although he insists that he never knowingly took steroids. The Turkish Weightlifting Federation itself had been suspended by the IWF for "repeated anti-doping violations" until May 2006. He pulled out of the 2008 Beijing Olympics stating that he was not able to "lift my targeted weight in practice." As a penalty, he was expelled from the ASKI.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Mutlu is married and has lived in Ankara, Turkey since the early 1990s. He is a member of the Konya Kombassan Club in Konya and is coached by Ibrahim Elmali. Beside weightlifting, Mutlu enjoys wrestling.

Highlights[edit]

  • World junior champion (1993),
  • Five-time world champion (2003, 2001, 1999, 1998, 1994 - 1st; 1995, 1993 - 2nd.),
  • Nine-time European champion (2005, 2003, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994),
  • 25 gold medals (8 Snatch, 8 Clean and Jerk, 9 Total) in total at European Championships, winner of the most gold medals second after David Rigert with 27 gold medals,
  • Only fourth weightlifter to win three Olympic gold medals (2004, 2000, 1996),
  • Named as the "Sportsman of the year 1999" in Turkey,
  • He is one of five men in history to lift three times his bodyweight,

Major results[edit]

Year Venue Weight Snatch (kg) Clean & Jerk (kg) Total Rank
1 2 3 Rank 1 2 3 Rank
Olympic Games
1992 Spain Barcelona, Spain 52 kg 105 110 112.5 5 135 137.5 137.5 5 247.5 5
1996 United States Atlanta, United States 54 kg 125 130 132.5 1 152.5 152.5 155 1 287.5 1st, gold medalist(s)
2000 Australia Sydney, Australia 56 kg 130 135 138 1 160 167.5 170 1 305 1st, gold medalist(s)
2004 Greece Athens, Greece 56 kg 130 135 140 1 160 165 168.5 1 295 1st, gold medalist(s)
World Championships
1993 Australia Melbourne, Australia 54 kg 120 122.5 125 2nd, silver medalist(s) 152.5 155 155 2nd, silver medalist(s) 275 2nd, silver medalist(s)
1994 Turkey Istanbul, Turkey 54 kg 122.5 127.5 130 1st, gold medalist(s) 152.5 158 160 1st, gold medalist(s) 290 1st, gold medalist(s)
1995 China Guangzhou, China 54 kg 125 127.5 130 1st, gold medalist(s) 155 155 160.5 2nd, silver medalist(s) 285 2nd, silver medalist(s)
1998 Finland Lahti, Finland 56 kg 130 135 135 1st, gold medalist(s) 160 160 166 1st, gold medalist(s) 295 1st, gold medalist(s)
1999 Greece Athens, Greece 56 kg 130 136 137.5 1st, gold medalist(s) 160 166 -- 1st, gold medalist(s) 303.5 1st, gold medalist(s)
2001 Turkey Antalya, Turkey 56 kg 132.5 138.5 -- 1st, gold medalist(s) 162.5 168.5 168.5 1st, gold medalist(s) 301 1st, gold medalist(s)
2003 Canada Vancouver, Canada 62 kg 145 145 147.5 1st, gold medalist(s) 175 175 180 1st, gold medalist(s) 322.5 1st, gold medalist(s)
European Championships
1990 Denmark Alberg, Denmark 52 kg 102.5 4 127.5 5 230 4
1991 Poland Wladyslawowo, Poland 52 kg 105 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 135 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 240 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
1992 Hungary Szekszárd, Hungary 52 kg 110 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 137.5 2nd, silver medalist(s) 147.5 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
1994 Czech Republic Sokolov, Czech Republic 54 kg 122.5 2nd, silver medalist(s) 155 1st, gold medalist(s) 277.5 1st, gold medalist(s)
1995 Poland Warsaw, Poland 54 kg 130 1st, gold medalist(s) 155 2nd, silver medalist(s) 285 1st, gold medalist(s)
1996 Norway Stavanger, Norway 54 kg 120 130 130 1st, gold medalist(s) 145 155 160 1st, gold medalist(s) 275 1st, gold medalist(s)
1997 Croatia Rijeka, Croatia 54 kg 120 125 130 1st, gold medalist(s) 150 155 -- 1st, gold medalist(s) 280 1st, gold medalist(s)
1999 Spain A Coruña, Spain 56 kg 130 135.5 135.5 1st, gold medalist(s) 155 160 166 1st, gold medalist(s) 295.5 1st, gold medalist(s)
2000 Bulgaria Sofia, Bulgaria 56 kg 127.5 132.5 135 1st, gold medalist(s) 157.5 166.5 -- 1st, gold medalist(s) 301.5 1st, gold medalist(s)
2001 Slovakia Trenčín, Slovakia 56 kg 125 130 135 1st, gold medalist(s) 155 168 -- 1st, gold medalist(s) 303 1st, gold medalist(s)
2003 Greece Loutraki, Greece 62 kg 140 145 145 1st, gold medalist(s) 170 175 180 1st, gold medalist(s) 320 1st, gold medalist(s)
2005 Bulgaria Sofia, Bulgaria 62 kg 135 140 -- 1st, gold medalist(s) 165 167.5 -- 1st, gold medalist(s) 307.5 1st, gold medalist(s)
2008 Italy Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy 56 kg 120 120 120 1st, gold medalist(s) 149 149 151 1st, gold medalist(s) 269 1st, gold medalist(s)
World Junior Championships
1991 Germany Wolmirstedt, Germany 52 kg 105 2nd, silver medalist(s) 127.5 4 232.5 4
1992 Bulgaria Warna, Bulgaria 52 kg 112.5 1st, gold medalist(s) 137.5 2nd, silver medalist(s) 250 2nd, silver medalist(s)
1993 Czech Republic Cheb, Czech 54 kg 122.5 1st, gold medalist(s) 152.5 1st, gold medalist(s) 275 1st, gold medalist(s)
European Junior Championships
1992 United Kingdom Cardiff, United Kingdom 52 kg 112.5 1st, gold medalist(s) 135 1st, gold medalist(s) 247.5 1st, gold medalist(s)

Medals[edit]

Olympics

Rank Discipline Snatch Clean&Jerk Total Place Date
 Gold –56 kg 135.0 160.0 295.0 Athens, GRE Aug 17, 2004
 Gold –56 kg 137.5 167.5 WR 305.0 Sydney, AUS Sep 16, 2000
 Gold –54 kg 132.5 155.0 287.5 Atlanta, GA, United States 1996

World Championships

Rank Discipline Snatch Clean&Jerk Total Place Date
 Gold –62 kg 147.5 175.0 322.5 Vancouver, CAN Aug 6, 2003
 Gold –56 kg 138.5 WR 162.5 301.0 Antalya, TUR Nov 4, 2001
 Gold –56 kg 168.0 WR Trenčín, SVK Apr 24, 2001
 Gold –56 kg 137.5 165.0 302.5 WR Athens, GRE Nov 22, 1999
 Gold –56 kg 135.0 160.0 295.0 Lahti, FIN 1998
 Gold –54 kg 130.0 Guangzhou, CHN 1995
 Silver –54 kg 155.0 285.0 Guangzhou, CHN 1995
 Gold –54 kg 130.0 160.0 290.0 Istanbul, TUR 1994
 Silver –54 kg 122.5 152.5 275.0 Melbourne, AUS 1993

European Championships

Rank Discipline Snatch Clean&Jerk Total Place Date
 Gold –62 kg 140.0 167.5 307.5 Sofia, BUL Apr 20, 2005
 Gold –56 kg 120.0 149.0 269.0 Lignano Sabbiadoro, ITA Apr 14, 2008
 Gold –56 kg 138.5 168.0 305.0 Loutraki, GRE Apr 15, 2003
 Gold –56 kg 135.0 165.0 300.0 Sofia, BUL 2000
 Gold –56 kg 135.0 160.0 295.0 Coruña, ESP 1999
  • CWR: Current world record
  • WR: World record

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Халил Мутлу: Децата ми не знаят български, но ще ги науча
  2. ^ "BARCELONA". The New York Times. 1992-07-27. Retrieved 2008-12-13. 
  3. ^ "ATLANTA: DAY 2 -- ROUNDUP;WEIGHT LIFTING: Turk Takes Gold Medal at 119 Pounds". The New York Times. 1996-07-21. Retrieved 2008-12-13. 
  4. ^ "PLUS: WEIGHT LIFTING -- WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS; Mutlu of Turkey Sets Three Records". The New York Times. 1999-11-23. Retrieved 2008-12-13. 
  5. ^ "SYDNEY 2000: ROUNDUP -- WEIGHT LIFTING; The Fight for Second". The New York Times. 2000-09-17. Retrieved 2008-12-13. 
  6. ^ "OLYMPICS: ROUNDUP; WEIGHT LIFTING: MUTLU OF TURKEY WINS THIRD GOLD". The New York Times. 2004-08-16. Retrieved 2008-12-13. 
  7. ^ Kepcetutan, Necmi (2008-08-30). "Şampiyona ayıp oldu". Milliyet (in Turkish). Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2008-08-30. Pekin’e hazır olmadığı ve sakatlığını gerekçe göstererek katılmayan rekortmen halterci Halil Mutlu ASKİ kulübünden kovulduğunu rastlantı sonucu öğrendi.  |section= ignored (help)

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