“Pocket Hercules,” 3-Τime Olympic Champion, Dies at 50

first_imgANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Naim Suleymanoglu, the Turkish weightlifter who won three Olympic gold medals and was known as “Pocket Hercules,” died Saturday. He was 50.Suleymanoglu was considered one of the sport’s greatest athletes and earned his nickname for his strength and diminutive size. He died at an Istanbul hospital where he was receiving treatment for cirrhosis of the liver. He had been in intensive care since Sept. 28 and received a liver transplant in October, according to Turkey’s official Anadolu news agency.The weightlifter — 1.47 meters (4-foot-10) tall — won three straight Olympic gold medals for Turkey between 1988 and 1996. The Bulgarian-born Suleymanoglu could lift three times his weight.He came out of retirement to try for a fourth gold at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 but missed all three of his lifts.“I know only gold,” Suleymanoglu had said as he returned to competition. “I do not know about silver or bronze.”Suleymanoglu also won seven world and six European championships.He was born to an ethnic Turkish family in Bulgaria, and defected to Turkey in 1986 while training in Australia.Valerios Leonidis, right, of Greece, a veteran weightlifter who won the bronze medal in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games 59-64kg featherweight men’s event, poses for photographs next to the coffin of his friend Turkish weightlifter Naim Suleymanoglu, who won gold at the same event, prior to his funeral procession in Istanbul, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)Regarded as a national hero in his adopted country, Suleymanoglu captured the hearts of Turks after winning his first gold at Seoul, South Korea, in 1988. Whenever Suleymanoglu returned home from a tournament, he would be greeted by thousands of fans who would lift him up on their shoulders.Suleymanoglu missed the 1984 Games at Los Angeles because of a Soviet-led boycott. Although only 17, he was the favorite to win the bantamweight gold.He was an outspoken critic of the Bulgarian government’s treatment of the Turkish minority in his homeland, and was forced by the authorities to change his surname to the more Slavic-sounding Shalamanov.When the Bulgarian weightlifting team went to a training camp at Melbourne, Australia, in 1986, he slipped away from the group while pretending to visit the restroom at a hotel.Suleymanoglu hid in Australia for several days before he went to the Turkish consulate to seek asylum. Eventually the Bulgarians allowed him to switch nationalities and he kissed the airport tarmac on arrival in Turkey. In 1986 he changed his name to the more Turkic-sounding Suleymanoglu.He went to the Seoul Olympics as a Turk and twice broke the world record in the snatch on the way to winning the gold medal.He competed unsuccessfully for a seat in Turkish parliamentary elections in 1999 and 2007.—SUZAN FRASER, Associated PressFILE- In this July 22, 1996 file photo, Naim Suleymanoglu, of Turkey, lifts 147.5kg, at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Turkey’s official news agency said Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)Valerios Leonidis, right, of Greece, a veteran weightlifter who won the bronze medal in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games 59-64kg featherweight men’s event, touches the coffin of his friend Turkish weightlifter Naim Suleymanoglu, who won gold at the same event, prior to his funeral procession in Istanbul, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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IBASE: 1U rack-mountable network appliance with 8th gen Intel Xeon/Core processors

first_img Continue Reading Previous LieberLieber expands into the Canadian automotive marketNext IAR, Secure Thingz and Renesas collaborate on solutions for reliable industrial IoT security IBASE Technology announced the rollout of its latest FWA8708 1U rack-mountable network appliances powered by the 8th Generation Intel Xeon/Core Processors to provide high scalability and performance for firewall, VPN, UTM, load balancing and network security applications in SMB and large enterprise environments. The FWA8708 comes in two versions: FWA8708-C powered by the Intel C246 and FWA8708-H with the Intel H310 chipset.The FWA8708-C has four DDR4-2666 modules to support up to 64GB of system memory and onboard 6x Intel i210 and 2x i210S Ethernet controllers with 8 GbE ports and optional IBN cards (IBASE proprietary network interface card) to support up to 8 additional GbE ports; while FWA8708-H fits up to 32GB of RAM and is equipped with 6x i211AT controllers combined with six Gigabit Ethernet ports. Standard configuration consists of 6x GbE ports and two SFP ports for hot-swappable input/output, featuring speeds of up to 1Gbps and long-distance transmission ranges. The FWA8708 network appliance is significantly more flexible and easily upgradable, allowing implementation of third-party software in SDN, SD-WAN, NFV and VNF architecture and technologies.The FWA8708 delivers rich I/O connectivity and expansion. It offers two PCIe and a Mini PCIe slot for high density PCIe payloads and an M.2 expansion slot to interface with SATA 3.0 and PCIe x4 bus for high data throughput. Other connectors available that are useful in most networking applications include two USB 3.0, VGA via headers, and an RJ45 serial console with LCM display for easy operation.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

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