I recently came across the story of Armenian born weightlifter Sargis Martirosyan (94kg).
He lifts some impressive numbers (see videos below). So you might ask why haven’t we seen him in London or at the Europeans?
The answer is politics.
As of 2005 he is residing in Austria. First as an asylum seeker, now as a person who currently only has a right to stay.
Since 2009 the Austrian weightlifting federation is trying to get him the desired citizenship. So far in vain.
No Austrian passport means no lifting for Austria in international competitions. Right now his training costs (up to 50000 Euros per year) are financed by private sponsors.
What a waste of talent! All because of some imaginary dividing lines between countries.
Update 18.10.2014: Sargis is on the 2014 World Championships Start List, competing for Austria.
180kg Satch (I read that his PR is 186kg)
180kg Snatch from blocks
221kg BTN Jerk, with a pretty wide grip
190kg Clean x2 + Jerk
Thanks to the submitter.