a female powerlifter

Nazmiye Muratli


Nazmiye Muratli (maiden name Nazmiye Muslu) has been one of the big names in the international powerlifting scene for several years now, having most recently claimed silver in the women’s up to 45kg at the Mexico City 2017 World Championships.

One year before, she won her second Paralympic gold while breaking a world record along the way. It was her sixth major title.

Her first came at the 2007 European Championships. Unfortunately, Muratli failed to claim a medal for her country at her first Paralympic Games in Beijing in 2008.

Nevertheless, she was the golden girl once again at the 2010 World Championships, where she broke the women’s up to 40kg world record with a lift of 105kg.

This record did not stand for long, though, as Muratli finally became a Paralympic champion at London 2012 with another record breaking lift of 106kg.

Since London, Muratli also secured gold at the 2014 Worlds in Dubai, UAE, and at the European Open in Eger, Hungary.

The Turkish lifter burst onto the international scene at the 2005 European Championships, when she captured bronze for her country.

This was a fantastic achievement for Muratli, considering that she had only taken up the sport three months prior.

She first got involved with powerlifting through a friend, who had insisted that she went and trained with her. However, shortly after Muratli decided to give up the sport due to its extreme intensity.

Be that as it may, this sabbatical did not last very long as her parents convinced Muratli to get involved with powerlifting once again, which she did to great success.


Impairment information

Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Husband Muhsin Muratli
Other names
Nazmiye Muslu
Dörtyol, TUR

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began powerlifting in 2005 in Konya, Turkey.
Why this sport?
A friend introduced her to the sport. She found it too intense at first and gave up, but returned shortly afterwards and has not stopped training and competing since. "My mother said to me, 'Don't be afraid of the weight'. Now I am not afraid of it. The weight is afraid of me."
Name of coach
Arif Kiran [national], TUR

International debut

Competing for
European Championships
Quarteira, POR

General interest

Cosmetics, fashion. (Athlete, 11 Jul 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 40kg category at the 2010 World Championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (SportsDeskOnline, 28 Apr 2021; Athlete, 11 Jul 2019)
Most influential person in career
Her mother. (Athlete, 11 Jul 2019)
Hero / Idol
Turkish weightlifters Naim Suleymanoglu and Halil Mutlu. (Athlete, 11 Jul 2019)
A neck injury disrupted her training ahead of the 2018 European Championships in Berck-sur-Mer, France, where she won gold in the 50kg category. (SportsDeskOnline, 28 Apr 2021;, 26 May 2018)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She does her hair and make up before competitions. (, 30 Nov 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You can only achieve your goals with hard work." (, 17 Nov 2015)
Awards and honours
She received a Sporting Achievement award from Meram Belediye Spor Kulubu [the Meram Municipality Sports Club] in Konya, Turkey in recognition of her performances in 2016. (, 04 Feb 2017)

She was named the 2014 Sportsperson of the Year at the Okan University Sport Awards in Istanbul, Turkey and the 2014 Physically Impaired Athlete of the Year by the Konya Amateur Sports Clubs Federation. (, 17 Mar 2015;, 17 Oct 2014)

She was Turkey's flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (, 2012)

A sports facility has been named after her in Meram, Turkey. (, 08 Nov 2012)
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 11 Apr 2017)
She has a congenital hip dislocation due to the effects of polio. (Athlete, 11 Jul 2019;, 12 Apr 2013)


Unit Date Rank
IPC Powerlifting World Championships Busan 2006 (Busan, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's -44 kg Final Round 8
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's -40 kg Final Round 4
2010 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Up to 40.00kg Final 2010-07-25 9999
Women's Up to 40.00kg WR Attempt 2010-07-25 1
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's -40 kg Final Round 2012-08-30 1
2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Up to 41.00 kg MD Final 2014-04-05 1
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's -41 kg Final Round 2016-09-08 1
Mexico City 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Up to 45.00kg Final 2017-12-04 2