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Joe Nordquest and His World Record Lift – Strength Magazine – March, 1915

A few months later Sandow lifted in the same manner as before a barbell weighing 271 pounds. England fell under his spell. Lifting became a favorite sport, and English amateurs are still striving to eclipse that old record. A few professionals–mostly men much heavier than Sandow–succeeded in lifting more than 271 pounds, but no amateur in England, Europe, or anywhere else ever officially reached the 250 mark until on Saturday, March 2oth, 1915, the feat was accomplished by Joseph Nordquest, 21 years old,
and of Ashtabula, Ohio.

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