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John Terry

Full name: John F. Terry
Gender: Male
Weight: 132 lbs (60 kg)
Born: December 20, 1908 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: April 17, 1970 in High Point, North Carolina, United States
Affiliations: Titan Weightlifting Club
Country: USA United States
Sport: Weightlifting

Biography

At the 1936 Olympics, John Terry became the first African-American to represent the United States in weightlifting. He was unfortunate in that his best Olympic year would have been 1940, as Terry won the AAU title as a bantamweight from 1938-41. In 1939 he set a world record for the deadlift with 600 lbs (272 kg), considered enormous for his bodyweight and he is still considered one of the greatest ever at the deadlift, pound-for-pound. Terry did make the theoretical US Olympic team in 1940. He worked for many years for the York Barbell Company.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Summer 27 Berlin Weightlifting Men's Featherweight United States USA 7

Men's Featherweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank K S/F
1936 Summer 27 Berlin Weightlifting United States USA Final Standings 7 287.5
1936 Summer 27 Berlin Weightlifting United States USA Military Press 11T 75.0
1936 Summer 27 Berlin Weightlifting United States USA Military Press Lift #1 AC 75.0 o
1936 Summer 27 Berlin Weightlifting United States USA Military Press Lift #2 AC 80.0 x
1936 Summer 27 Berlin Weightlifting United States USA Military Press Lift #3 AC 80.0 x
1936 Summer 27 Berlin Weightlifting United States USA Snatch 5 92.5
1936 Summer 27 Berlin Weightlifting United States USA Snatch Lift #1 AC 87.5 o
1936 Summer 27 Berlin Weightlifting United States USA Snatch Lift #2 AC 92.5 x
1936 Summer 27 Berlin Weightlifting United States USA Snatch Lift #3 AC 92.5 o
1936 Summer 27 Berlin Weightlifting United States USA Clean & Jerk 4T 120.0
1936 Summer 27 Berlin Weightlifting United States USA Clean & Jerk Lift #1 AC 115.0 o
1936 Summer 27 Berlin Weightlifting United States USA Clean & Jerk Lift #2 AC 120.0 x
1936 Summer 27 Berlin Weightlifting United States USA Clean & Jerk Lift #3 AC 120.0 o
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