The 1942 Weightlifting Championship of France

Posted on Thursday, March 29th, 2012 by John Wood

French Weightlifter, 1942

A rare look at a shot from the French Weightlifting Championship of 1942. Unfortunately records from the time period are spotty, so we don’t know this lifter’s name (although it may possibly be Augustin D’Halluin).

Like many big athletic competitions, this event was held at the famous Voltaire Gymnasium in Paris. Originally built in 1870, the Voltaire Gymnasium is still around, if you know where to look… it has been preserved and athletic events are still held there to this day. It’s pretty amazing to think that you can go lift in the same place that Charles Rigoulot and Louis Hostin set many of their records.

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The Gobelin Athletic Club: Paris, France

Posted on Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 by John Wood

The Gobelin Athletic Club Paris, France

A rare image of the Gobelin Athletic Club in Paris, France, circa 1910. This was a fairly typical training studio at the time, with plenty of globe barbells, globe dumbbells, block weight, Indian Clubs, gymnastic rings and climbing ropes — pretty much anything a strength athlete could want or need.

The extremely long globe barbells leaning up against the wall on left are a pretty interesting concept… The large, open sand pit was to prevent breakage to any globes which may have been dropped during use. This gym is where the great lifting champion Charles Rigoulot got his start.

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Grigori Novak

Posted on Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 by John Wood

Grigori Novak - Russian Weightlifter

Known as “The Ukranian Hercules,” Grigori Novak was the greatest weightlifter of his era. He stood only 5’3″ but set 111 Soviet records and 62 World records throughout his career. On October, 19th, 1946 at the World Championships, held at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris, France, Novak totaled 425 kg (935 pounds) in the light-heavyweight class to become the first Soviet weightlifting world champion. Shown above is the completion of Novak’s winning snatch of 130 kg (286 pounds).
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Filippo Bottino

Posted on Monday, November 21st, 2011 by John Wood

Filippo Bottino, Italian Weightlifter, presses a barbell overhead

Italian Weightlifter Filippo Bottino, was the Gold Medal winner in the Heavyweight class at the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp, Belgium. Two years later, Bottino broke the world record in the Press, becoming the first Italian lifter to ever set a world mark. He also won 11 Italian weightlifting titles and later finished 6th at the 1924 Olympics in Paris, France.