Gustav Fristensky ~ The Bohemian Hercules
Posted on Monday, April 9th, 2012 by John Wood
Czechoslovakian-born Gustav Fristensky was known professionally as “The Bohemian Hercules” — and he was aptly named. Fristensky once ran the 100 meter dash in 14 seconds, which isn’t bad, but consider that it was also while carrying an extra 90 kg in his hands. Fristensky was also very good at repetition lifting, having been able to jerk 176 pounds 26 times and 220 pounds 18 times.
Like many strongmen of the day he was also an exceptional wrestler (amateur and later pro). Fristensky’s coach was none other than the great Estonian strength athlete Georg Lurich.