- Dean Lukin
Medal record Competitor for Australia Men's weightlifting Olympic Games Gold 1984 Los Angeles +110 kg Commonwealth Games Gold 1982 Brisbane +110 kg Gold 1986 Edinburgh +110 kg
Dinko ("Dean") Lukin OAM (born 26 May 1960 in Sydney and moved to Port Lincoln, South Australia when he was 5) is a retired weightlifter from Australia, who won the gold medal in the Super Heavyweight category at the 1984 Summer Olympics. He carried the Australian flag during the closing ceremony of the 1984 games, and remains Australia's only Olympic gold medalist for weightlifting. The 1984 games were boycotted by the Soviet bloc, thereby removing the main competition. He also saw success in the Commonwealth Games, winning gold medals in the super heavyweight division of the 1982 Brisbane games and the 1986 Edinburgh games.
Lukin was a tuna fisherman who shot to fame as a weightlifter in the 1980s, then returned to run the family fishery business. In 2000, a portrait of him was hung in the Archibald Prize called Strongest Man of the Games, painted by David Bromley.
In a press conference following his 1984 Olympic gold medal, Lukin reportedly told assembled journalists that instead of focusing upon his victory, they should be assemble for the disabled games and show those competitors as much time and respect as they have shown him. This was because their achievments were "far greater than mine." Accordingly he won great respect and admiration from people all around the world.
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Olympic Champions in Weightlifting Super heavyweight1972–1992: +110 kg, 1996: +108 kg, 2000–2008: +105 kg
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