February 1, 1929

On February 1, 1929, Charles Rigoulet of France achieved the first 400 pound ‘clean and jerk’ as he lifted 402.5 pounds. No one thought this record would ever be broken. Olympian weightlifters now use 400 pounds to warm up. The world record in the clean and jerk for a person who weighs less than 232 pounds is now a lofty 522 pounds. The Olympian record for women is 412 pounds. Athletes today would just devastate Charles Rigoulet’s self-esteem.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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