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Concerning Lifting Records – Strength Magazine – November, 1920

The editor desires an article pertaining to world’s records and he has wished the writing of it upon me. I write this with some hesitation, as I thoroughly realize the task that it entails. An article of this kind, to afforrd a correct table of comparison for the readers, must needs be absolutely accurate. The means for attaining up-to-date information on lifts are very inadequate. Previous to the war, I kept within about three weeks distance of records as they were made. I corresponded very frequently with Prof. Desbonnet, the leading French authority and also with Siebert and Stolz the most reliable German sources of record information. The great world war soon closed these channels of accurate lifting news and I did not receive any more copies of “La Sante par les Sports” and “lllustrierte Sportzeitung” after the war began. The communication with England was fairly good throughout the war, but weight lifting activities were practically suspended during the period of the conflict and furthermore the lifts made in England have with a very
few exceptions been so far below the German and Austrian world’s records that their study does not aid much in compiling a list of the best lifts that have been made.

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