Ken Patera (USA)

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History in Color presents a “color view” of legendary Kenneth “Ken” Patera of Team USA Weightlifting.

Ken Patera (b. 1943) is a true legend of strength – not only in Olympic weightlifting but in the other sports disciplines – wrestling, stronhman, football… you name it. Bruce Wilhelm called Patera the “Titan of Strength”.

In terms of Olympic weightlifting, Ken Patera had a tremendous success in the U.S. Nationals. He won 4 consecutive titles in the super heavyweight from 1969 to 1972. His international career success included the gold medal at the 1971 Pan American Games in Cali and the silver medal at the 1971 World Championships in Lima.

Ken Patera is a U.S. Olympian. He competed for Team USA at the 1972 Summer Olympics where he pressed 212.5kg but bombed out in the snatch and didn’t qualify for placing at the tournament.

Ken Paters is a member of the Club 600. There are only 5 men in the world who were able to lift 600kg in three lifts (press, snatch and jerk) and Patera is one of them. In fact, he is the only living member of the Club 600.

He is ranked as #3 on the list with amazing 630kg total (228+175+229) that he reached on June 23, 1972 in San Francisco, CA, USA.

Speaking of the Clubs 500 and 600, here is the list of all U.S. weightlifters inducted into this prestigious Clubs of strength.

3 Patera, Ken 630 1943 USA 140 228 175 229 San Francisco, USA 1972.07.23
8 Dube, Joe 590 1944 USA 144 208 167.5 215 Detroit, USA 1971.06.13
17 Bednarski, Bob 577.5 1944 USA 123 207 154 220.5 York, USA 1968.06.09
23 Pickett, George E. 565 1936 USA 136 207 154.5 209.5 York, USA 1968.08.31
41 Gubner, Gary Jay 550 1942 USA 130? Philadelphia, USA 1966
61 Schemansky, Norb 540 1924 USA 120 181 162 201.5 Detroit, USA 1964.02.02
62 Cole, Jon 540? USA 110
75 Anderson, Paul 537.5 1932 USA 155? 192 157.5 191.5 Knoxville, USA 1960.10.
87 Deal, Gary 530 1940 USA 109 184 151.5 199.5 Culver City, USA 1970
100 Grippaldi, Phil 527.5 1946 USA 110 185 145 197.5 1972
109 Capsouras, Frank 525 1947 USA 110 173 150 202.5 Detroit, USA 1972.06.11
141 Henry, Sid 517.5 1935 USA 136.5 175 147.5 195 Stockholm, SWE 1963.09.13
145 Kemper, Bob 517.5 1947 USA 110 183 142.5 192.5 1971
150 Binney, Winston 517.5 1947 USA 110 193 140 185 Detroit, USA 1972.06.11
162 Ball, Alan Jerome 515 1943 USA 108.9 168 162.5 185 Munich, FRG 1972.09.04
163 Bradford, Jim 512.5 1928 USA 122.5 180 150 182.5 Rome, ITA 1960.09.10
170 Holbrook, Rick 512.5 1948 USA 110 163 155 195 Detroit, USA 1972.06.11
192 March, Bill 507.5 1937 USA 110 177 147 188 Chicago, USA 1969.06.15
227 Ashman, Dave 500 1934 USA 121 150 150 201.5 Tucson, USA 1960.05.14
268 Rouff, Tom 500 USA 110 180 137.5 182.5 Detroit, USA 1972.06.11
269 Murry, Joe Jr. 500 USA 110 1972

 

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