Jingkai Chen (China)


Jingkai Chen was an amazing athlete with an extremely powerful clean and jerk for the time. In 1956, he authored the first world record ever to be set by a Chinese athlete – clean and jerk of 133 kg.

The photo from the Lift Up: History in Color series features Chen competing in the the 3rd International Cup of Moscow  in 1957.

In Moscow, he set another phenomenal clean and jerk world record of 139.5 kg  and became the lightest man ever to jerk over 300 lbs of the time.

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