Khadr Sayed El Touni (خضر التوني, also spelled Khedr Eltouny; March 15, 1915 – September 25, 1956) was an Egypt's weightlifter. Until recently he was ranked #1 on the list of history's 50 greatest weightlifters issued by the International Weightlifting Federation. It was only in the 1996 Games in Atlanta that Turkey's Naim Suleymanoglu surpassed the Egyptian to top the list.
Eltouny began practicing the sport at a young age along with the students of Shobra School. One day, they placed two stones weighing 40 kg each on a broomstick; only Eltouny succeeded in lifting it. Determined to succeed in this area, Eltouny continued to weightlift at various sporting clubs in the Cairo area.
After winning the middleweight class gold medal, Eltouny continued to compete for another 45 minutes, finally exceeding the total of the German silver medalist by 35 kg. The 20-year-old Eltouny lifted a total of 387.5 kg, while the German lifted 352.5 kg. Furthermore, Eltouny had lifted 15 kg more than the heavyweight gold medalist, a feat only Eltouny has accomplished. Eltouny's new world records stood for thirteen years.
Fascinated by Eltouny's performance, Adolf Hitler, who was watching from the stands, rushed down to greet this human miracle. Prior to the competition, Hitler was said to have been sure that Rudolf Ismayr and Adolf Wagner would embarrass all other opponents. While awarding Eltouny with the gold medal, Hitler told him: 'Egypt should be proud of you. I wish you were German. I hope you consider Germany your second home'. Furthermore, lore has it that Hitler continued to say 'If I had an Egyptian soldier to go along with my German arms, I could take over the world!'. Hitler was so impressed by his domination in the middleweight class that he ordered a street named after him in Berlin.
His achievement was recorded in the official book of the 1936 Olymipics which is available in many libraries containing all the signatures of Golden medals carriers including his signature in arabic
In recognition of his achievement, Hitler ordered that one of the streets in the Olympic Village of Berlin be named after Eltouny. In addition to the street in Berlin, Eltouny also had streets in Alexandria and Nasr City named after him in his home country of Egypt. Nearby his home in his final residential town of Helwan, a major square was also named after Eltouny. Besides the honorary streets and squares, Eltouny received a 1,000 L.E. cash bonus, as well as a free pass from the tramway company. Eltouny cashed in the policy in 1953 and built a house in Helwan which is still occupied by his wife Gamalat.
Eltouny had eight children and 15 grandchildren and Mohammad Soliman, and Hazem Soliman) currently reside in the United States.
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