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Ken Patera

Full name: Kenneth Wayne "Ken" Patera
Gender: Male
Height: 6'1" (186 cm)
Weight: 322 lbs (146 kg)
Born: November 6, 1943 in Portland, Oregon, United States
Affiliations: York Barbell Club, York (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Weightlifting

Biography

Ken Patera won a gold medal in the Unlimited class at the 1971 Pan-American Games and a silver medal at the 1971 World Championships. He once famously stated that he was only defeated by Vasily Alekseyev because Alekseyev’s doctors provided him with better performance-enhancing drugs. He later became a well-known professional wrestler in the United States, and also competed with some success in strongman contests. He had started in track & field and was a fairly good shot putter while at Brigham Young University with a personal best of 20.10 (65-11½) in 1972, and competed at the 1968 Olympic Trials in the shot put, placing sixth. He was third at the 1967 NCAA Championship in the shot put.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Summer 28 München Weightlifting Men's Super-Heavyweight United States USA AC

Men's Super-Heavyweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank K S/F
1972 Summer 28 München Weightlifting United States USA Final Standings AC [212.5]
1972 Summer 28 München Weightlifting United States USA Military Press 3 212.5
1972 Summer 28 München Weightlifting United States USA Military Press Lift #1 AC 212.5 o
1972 Summer 28 München Weightlifting United States USA Military Press Lift #2 AC 227.5 x
1972 Summer 28 München Weightlifting United States USA Military Press Lift #3 AC 230.0 x
1972 Summer 28 München Weightlifting United States USA Snatch AC
1972 Summer 28 München Weightlifting United States USA Snatch Lift #1 AC 165.0 x
1972 Summer 28 München Weightlifting United States USA Snatch Lift #2 AC 165.0 x
1972 Summer 28 München Weightlifting United States USA Snatch Lift #3 AC 170.0 x