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.
Here’s something you sure won’t see again: a weightlifting contest sponsored by a tobacco company. As you can see noted, this particular contest took place on Saturday, January 25, 1964 in Liege. Belgium. … and unsurprisingly, Richmond Louis Doize are a Belgian brand of cigarettes.
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).