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Paul Anderson

Full name: Paul Edward Anderson
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Weight: 311 lbs (141 kg)
Born: October 17, 1932 in Toccoa, Georgia, United States
Died: August 15, 1994 in Vidalia, Georgia, United States
Country: USA United States
Sport: Weightlifting

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Many people consider Paul Anderson to be the strongest man who ever lived. He had a short but meteoric career in Olympic-style lifting, winning the U.S. Championship in the heavyweight class in 1955 and then, later in the year, taking the world title by a margin of 37.5 kg. – unheard of in world competition. He won his gold medal at Melbourne in 1956, however, in a surprisingly close competition with Humberto Selvetti of Argentina. In fact, Selvetti and Anderson tied in weight lifted but Anderson was declared the winner based on lighter bodyweight.

Anderson later set many records as a powerlifter. He bench-pressed 625 lbs. (284 kg.), squatted with 1,200 lbs. (544 kg.), dead-lifted 820 lbs. (372 kg.), and did three repetitions in the squat with 900 lbs. (408 kg.) In addition, he performed a back-lift off trestles, supprting 6,270 lbs. (2,850 kg.) – the greatest weight every lifted by a human.

Paul Anderson became a devout Christian and a well-known public speaker in support of his faith. He ran a Christian Boys' Home to share and spread his principles. In his later years he had numerous health problems, including kidney failure which necessitated a kidney transplant.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Weightlifting Men's Heavyweight United States USA 1 Gold OR

Men's Heavyweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank K S/F
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Weightlifting United States USA Final Standings 1 500.0
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Weightlifting United States USA Military Press 2 167.5
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Weightlifting United States USA Military Press Lift #1 AC 167.5 o
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Weightlifting United States USA Military Press Lift #2 AC 172.5 x
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Weightlifting United States USA Military Press Lift #3 AC 172.5 x
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Weightlifting United States USA Snatch 1T 145.0
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Weightlifting United States USA Snatch Lift #1 AC 140.0 o
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Weightlifting United States USA Snatch Lift #2 AC 145.0 x
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Weightlifting United States USA Snatch Lift #3 AC 145.0 o
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Weightlifting United States USA Clean & Jerk 1 187.5
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Weightlifting United States USA Clean & Jerk Lift #1 AC 187.5 x
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Weightlifting United States USA Clean & Jerk Lift #2 AC 187.5 x
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Weightlifting United States USA Clean & Jerk Lift #3 AC 187.5 o
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