Frank Spellman

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2011


Frank Spellman
Olympic Weight Lifter • Malvern

Frank Spellman established two Olympic records enroute to a gold medal at the 1948 Olympic Games in London. His clean and jerk of 336.25 pounds set a new Olympic Middleweight record, as did his record-setting total lift of 859.5 pounds (390 kgs.). Spellman enjoyed a long and successful career as a weightlifter, winning his last championship in 1971 at the age of 49. Frank Spellman has been elected to the United States Weightlifting Hall of Fame, the Helms (Amateur Athletic Federation) Hall of Fame, and the Porterville Quarterback Hall of Fame. Representing the York Barbell Team of York, Pennsylvania, Spellman won his first U.S. championship, the Middleweight Junior title, in 1942. In 1946, and again in 1948, the year of his Olympic victory, Spellman won the U.S. National Middleweight title. He captured the North American Middleweight crown in 1949. And, in 1961, at the age of 39, he won his third U.S. National Middleweight championship.
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