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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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