Anthony Clark Powerlifter
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Anthony Wayne Clark was born in the Philippines on September 15, 1966 and started lifting weights at the age of 13 where he started training with cement blocks as he did not have any gym equipment. Anthony was a genetically gifted power-lifter and is the first teenager to bench-press 600 pounds.
But Anthony was only just getting started and in 1992 became the first power-lifter to bench-press 700 pounds using a reverse grip which had never been done before. He went on to beat his own record in 1993 and pressed 735 pounds. Anthony was elected as a member of the York Barbell hall of fame for his enormous contribution he made to the sport of power-lifting.
Anthony went on to break a number of records before he died and still today ten years after his death is remembered by those in the powerlifting community for his 1031 pound squat and his 771 deadlift that he did more than once at various powerlifting meets.
At the Arnold Classic in 1997 Anthony benched 800 pounds which was later not recognized as an official lift in what became a controversial subject in the powerlifting world. After he started doing seminars on a regular basis he also stopped competing 3 or 4 times a year and went on to compete a maximum of only twice a year.
Probably his most well-respected title in the power-lifting word is his total score in competitions that was more than 2600 pounds which was something that had never been done before. Standing at 5’8” and competing at around 335 pounds he was a strong man that just seemed to be getting stronger every year.
Anthony travelled the country and the world giving motivational speeches and seminars. He also was part of an effective counselling team that would do motivation and encouragement of prison inmates to train with weights. He also did seminars on a regular basis to kids who were starting to powerlift.
Anthony died of a heart attack on May 22, 2005 in his home in Friendswood, Texas, U.S.A. He will not only be remembered to be the first man to bench-press 800 pounds two years before Tim Isaac did it, but will also be remembered for his life-long contribution to increasing the popularity of powerlifting.
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