James Bradford (weightlifter)

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Jim Bradford
Personal information
Full name James Edward Bradford
Born (1928-11-01)November 1, 1928
Washington, D.C.
Died September 13, 2013(2013-09-13) (aged 84)
Silver Spring, Maryland
Height 6 feet 0 inches (1.83 m)
Country  United States
Sport Weightlifting

James Edward Bradford (November 1, 1928 – September 13, 2013) was an American weightlifter and Olympic medalist. He received a silver medal at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki.[1] He received a second silver medal at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome.[2]


Bradford competed anywhere from 110 - 123 kg standing at 6 feet tall.[3] He died in September, 2013.


Throughout Bradford's career he won a total of 2 silver medals. In 1960 he won the AAU heavyweight title and did so again in 1961. Ten years prior, he won the AAU Junior Championship in 1950. To his own misfortune, Bradford had to compete against some of the greatest lifters of all time. Placing second in this competition was the highlight of his career. Bradford had the opportunity to compete in the 1952 Olympics and 1951 World Championships however, he fell short from winning to the US competitor John Davis. In the 1954 World Championships, he placed second and in the 1959 World Championships and 1960 Olympics, he lost to Yury Vlasov from Russia.[3]


Bradford died September 13, 2013 at Silver Spring, Maryland of congestive heart failure.[4]


  1. ^ "1952 Summer Olympics – Helsinki, Finland – Weightlifting"databaseOlympics.com (Retrieved on February 22, 2008)
  2. ^ "1960 Summer Olympics – Rome, Italy – Weightlifting"databaseOlympics.com (Retrieved on February 22, 2008)
  3. ^ a b "Jim Bradford Bio, Stats, and Results | Olympics at Sports References". Sports References. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Washington Post Jim Bradford dies at 84 Olympic weightlifter

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