Jean Debuf (France)
October 28, 1951, Milan, Italy – Light heavyweight Jean Debuf of Team France competes in the 82.5kg class at the 1951 World Championships in Milan.
Jean Debuf (1924-2010) was one of the most successful and decorated French weightlifter of the 20th century. He was a 4x Olympian of France and competed at the Summer Olympics in 1948, 1952, 1956 and 1960.
In London (1948), he took the 4th place in the 82.5kg class. In Helsinki (1952), he competed again in the light heavyweight and was the 5th on the list of the participants.
In Melbourne (1956), Jean Debuf won a bronze Olympic medal in the 90kg class (behind A. Vorobyev of the USSR and D. Sheppard of the USA).
Four years later, Debuf represented France at the 1960 Olympics in Rome and took the 11th place in the 82.5kg class.
Jean Debuff was a 2x World vice champion (1949, 1951) and won a bronze Wold medal in 1954.
At the European Championships, he won 3 gold (1949, 1951, 1956) and 2 silver medals (1954, 1955).