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John Davis

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameJohn Henry•Davis, Jr.
Used nameJohn•Davis
Born12 January 1921 in Smithtown, New York (USA)
Died13 July 1984 in Albuquerque, New Mexico (USA)
Measurements99, 104 kg
AffiliationsYork Barbell Club, York (USA)
NOC(s) United States

Biography

Between 1938 and 1953 John David was never defeated in weightlifting competition. During that period he won two Olympic gold medals, seven World Championships, 11 National Championships, and the 1951 Pan American Games gold medal (in heavyweight +82.5 kg (482.5 kg)). He was the first lifter to clean & jerk over 400 lbs. (182 kg.), and the second man to total over 1,000 lbs. (454 kg.) for three lifts. His only defeat before his retirement came at the 1953 World Championship when he was hampered by a thigh injury, and finished second to Canada’s Doug Hepburn. Davis worked for many years with the New York City Department of Corrections before his retirement.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1948 Summer Olympics Weightlifting Heavyweight, Men Olympic 1 Gold Representing United States    
1952 Summer Olympics Weightlifting Heavyweight, Men Olympic 1 Gold Representing United States    

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1948 Summer Olympics 11 August 1948 Weightlifting Heavyweight, Men (>82½ kg, Triathlon) Final Standings 440.0 1
1948 Summer Olympics 11 August 1948 Weightlifting Heavyweight, Men (>82½ kg, Triathlon) Final Standings 452.5 1
1948 Summer Olympics 11 August 1948 Weightlifting Heavyweight, Men (>82½ kg, Military Press) Military Press, Lift #1 137.5 AC
1948 Summer Olympics 11 August 1948 Weightlifting Heavyweight, Men (>82½ kg, Snatch) Snatch, Lift #1 127.5 AC
1948 Summer Olympics 11 August 1948 Weightlifting Heavyweight, Men (>82½ kg, Snatch) Snatch, Lift #2 137.5 AC
1948 Summer Olympics 11 August 1948 Weightlifting Heavyweight, Men (>82½ kg, Clean & Jerk) Clean & Jerk, Lift #1 165.0 AC
1948 Summer Olympics 11 August 1948 Weightlifting Heavyweight, Men (>82½ kg, Clean & Jerk) Clean & Jerk, Lift #3 177.5 WR AC
1952 Summer Olympics 27 July 1952 Weightlifting Heavyweight, Men (>90 kg, Triathlon) Final Standings 460.0 1
1952 Summer Olympics 27 July 1952 Weightlifting Heavyweight, Men (>90 kg, Military Press) Military Press, Lift #1 137.5 AC
1952 Summer Olympics 27 July 1952 Weightlifting Heavyweight, Men (>90 kg, Military Press) Military Press, Lift #2 145.0 AC
1952 Summer Olympics 27 July 1952 Weightlifting Heavyweight, Men (>90 kg, Military Press) Military Press, Lift #3 150.0 AC
1952 Summer Olympics 27 July 1952 Weightlifting Heavyweight, Men (>90 kg, Snatch) Snatch, Lift #1 135.0 AC
1952 Summer Olympics 27 July 1952 Weightlifting Heavyweight, Men (>90 kg, Snatch) Snatch, Lift #2 145.0 AC
1952 Summer Olympics 27 July 1952 Weightlifting Heavyweight, Men (>90 kg, Clean & Jerk) Clean & Jerk, Lift #1 165.0 AC

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