| Mindi Toth (fiancee)|
800-pound bench press
| September 15, 1966 (1966-09-15) Philippines|
powerlifter, strongman, spokesman
May 22, 2005, Friendswood, Texas, United States
Anthony Clark (powerlifter) Wikipedia
Anthony Wayne Clark (born September 15, 1966 in Philippines — died May 22, 2005 in Friendswood, Texas, U.S.) was an American powerlifter, holder of the world record for the reverse grip bench press and member of the York Barbell Hall of Fame.
By the time Clark was 13, he was lifting 110-pound cement weights. In 1986, Clark became the first teenager to bench press 600 pounds, and was notable for using a reverse grip on the bar. In 1992, he was the first lifter to bench press 700 using the reverse grip. On September 25, 1993 at the U.S. Powerlifting Federation (USPF) Northwest Open, Clark broke his own world record with a 735 lb. lift. In May 1993 he had pressed 725 lbs.
After his record-breaking lift, Clark often referred to himself as the World's Strongest Man, and toured for a time performing feats of strength. On one occasion he pushed a 6,000–lb. elephant, in a heavy-duty wheelbarrow across the floor in a strongman competition in Japan. In addition to that, Clark gave motivational speeches, seminars, and one-on-one counseling to motivate kids and prison inmates to improve their lives. Clark also claimed that he stopped using steroids at the age of 22, stating that all they did was to increase his blood pressure. He called his best friend Big Mike.
At the Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic in 1997, he performed a controversial, reverse-gripped 800-pound bench press, which was later turned down. This was more than 2 years before Tim Isaac would break the 800 pound mark at a sanctioned meet.Powerlifting Competition Records
done in official Powerlifting full meetsSquat – 499 kg (1100 lbs) (in singleply squat suit)
Bench press – 365 kg (805 lbs) (in bench shirt)
Deadlift – 350 kg (771 lbs)
Total – 1179.34 kg (2600 lbs) equipped
:→ former IPF world record in SHW class (+regardless of weight class)
Anthony Clark, aged 38, died on May 22, 2005 of a heart attack and subsequent kidney failure and is buried at Forest Park East Cemetery in Webster, Texas.