What To Do In Belgium On a Friday Night?


I would highly recommend to book the show with the guy on the History in Color cover and see him perform on stage. This is a former elite Olympic weightlifter, 2x Olympian and a member of Team Belgium. Now he is a comedian and does stage performance for a living. Recently, he stopped by the Lift Up and said hello. In our turn, we say hello to Mr. Van Lerberghe!

Jean-Pierre van Lerberghe (b. 1947) competed to Team Belgium in the middle heavyweight at two Summer Olympics – in Mexico City in 1968 (13th place) and in Munich in 1972 (10th place).

He was a member of Team Belgium and competed on several World and European Championships from 1968 to 1983. He won medals in the specific lifts and his personal best were 4th place in total in 1969 and 1970, and 5th place in 1971.

Van Lerberghe was inducted into the Club 500 with his legendary teammate Serge Reding:

4 Reding, Serge 620 1941 BEL 135 220 175 225 Lille, FRA 1972.04.x
245 van Lerberghe, Jean-Pierre 500 1947 BEL 110 170 145 185 1971

On the national level, Jean-Pierre van Lerberghe holds the Belgium records in:

  • snatch (90kg -152.5kg)
  • snatch (110kg – 152kg)
  • clean-and-jerk (90kg – 185kg)
  • clean-and-jerk (110kg – 186kg)
  • total (90kg – 332.5kg)
  • clean-and-jerk (110kg – 335kg)

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