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Ernest Cadine

Full name: Ernest Cadine
Gender: Male
Height: 5-5.5 (167 cm)
Weight: 181 lbs (82 kg)
Born: July 12, 1893 in Saint-Denis, Seine-Saint-Denis, France
Died: May 28, 1978 in Paris, Paris, France
Country: FRA France
Sport: Weightlifting

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


The trained mechanic Ernest Cadine began his active career at the age of 16 practising gymnastics, wrestling, weightlifting and swimming. He had his first appearance at the French Championships placing third as a middleweight prior to World War I. From 1914-18 he was active in an artillery regiment. In 1920 he won his first French Championship and a few months later the gold medal in the light-heavyweight class at the 1920 Olympics. His epic battles against the 1924 gold medal winner [Charles Rigoulot], both having become professionals by 1925, attracted large crowds. Although he never participated in any other international championships, Cadine set six light-heavyweight world records from 1920-25 – three each in the snatch and clean & jerk. He later started a music hall career with demonstrations of his strength, and was said to have had a handshake like a bench vise. In 1978, the year of his death, Cadine received the French National Order of Merit.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 26 Antwerpen Weightlifting Men's Light-Heavyweight France FRA 1 Gold OR

Men's Light-Heavyweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank K
1920 Summer 26 Antwerpen Weightlifting France FRA Final Standings 1 295.0
1920 Summer 26 Antwerpen Weightlifting France FRA One-Hand Snatch 2T 70.0
1920 Summer 26 Antwerpen Weightlifting France FRA One-Hand Clean & Jerk 2T 90.0
1920 Summer 26 Antwerpen Weightlifting France FRA Clean & Jerk 1 135.0
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