Bulgarian Defector Sets Weightlifting Record

Associated Press

Naim Suleymanoglu, in his first competition since defecting from Bulgaria to Turkey two years ago, broke the snatch world record in winning the 60-kilogram (132-pound) title at the European weightlifting championships Thursday.

Suleymanoglu, 20, arrived in Cardiff amid a strict security operation after Turkish authorities reportedly requested special police protection for the athlete.

Suleymanoglu became the first weightlifter to snatch 2 1/2 times his own bodyweight when he lifted 150 kilograms (331 pounds) to set a world record.

Then he went on to take the jerk section with a lift of 180 kilograms (397 pounds) to win the 60-kilogram (132-pound) overall category.

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