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Ron Eland

Full name: William Ronald "Ron" Eland
Gender: Male
Weight: 146 lbs (66 kg)
Born: February 20, 1923 in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Died: February 12, 2003 in Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Weightlifting

Biography

Born in Cape Province, South Africa, Ron Eland was the outstanding lifter at his weight in his native country in the immediate post-war years but was denied international competition because he was considered “coloured” by the Apartheid laws of South Africa. He was encouraged to travel to London and, on the basis that in law all South African citizens were also British citizens, try for a place on the British Olympic team. He won the British title and was chosen for the 1952 Olympic Games in the lightweight category. At his best he might have been considered a medal contender but a bout of appendicitis ruined his chances and he placed outside the top ten. He also competed in bodybuilding and was 3rd in the 1948 Mr. Universe competition. Eland later became a coach for the British and Canadian weightlifting teams. He was a teacher for most of his working life and, after emigrating to Canada, obtained degrees in sociology and education from York University and the University of Toronto respectively. After the end of apartheid he returned to his native country where he was finally recognised for his achievements.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 25 London Weightlifting Men's Lightweight Great Britain GBR 13

Men's Lightweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank K S/F
1948 Summer 25 London Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Final Standings 13 310.0
1948 Summer 25 London Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Snatch 12T 95.0
1948 Summer 25 London Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Snatch Lift #1 AC 90.0 o
1948 Summer 25 London Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Snatch Lift #2 AC 95.0 x
1948 Summer 25 London Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Snatch Lift #3 AC 95.0 o
1948 Summer 25 London Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Clean & Jerk 14T 120.0
1948 Summer 25 London Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Clean & Jerk Lift #1 AC 115.0 o
1948 Summer 25 London Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Clean & Jerk Lift #2 AC 120.0 o
1948 Summer 25 London Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Military Press 7T 95.0
1948 Summer 25 London Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Military Press Lift #1 AC 90.0 o
1948 Summer 25 London Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Military Press Lift #2 AC 95.0 x
1948 Summer 25 London Weightlifting Great Britain GBR Military Press Lift #3 AC 95.0 o
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