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I recently posted evidence that in the U.S., the average black can out-bench press the average white, and that blacks dominate elite body building.  Despite this evidence, many readers insist that whites are stronger than blacks because of their muscle fibres and because no black has ever won the World’s strongest man competition.

However I recently stumbled upon an article from the May 7, 1984 issue of Jet magazine which claims that from 1938-1953, a black named John Henry Davis was known as the World’s Strongest Man.

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According to The Complete Encyclopedia of African American History (page 717), in 1948:

The first black heavyweight lifting champion in the Olympics was John Davis, of Brooklyn.  He had thoroughly established himself in the field in 1941 when he set a record of 1,005 pounds for three lifts.  Davis was Olympic champion again in 1952.  Once called “the world’s strongest man,” he was the first weightlifter known to hoist 400 pounds over his head, a feat he accomplished in the 1951 National AAU senior championship in Los Angeles.

 

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