Dave Waddington

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Dave Waddington
Born (1952-05-10) May 10, 1952 (age 64)
Sandusky, Ohio
Occupation Powerlifter; Strongman
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 138 kg (304 lb)
Competition record
Representing  United States
World's Strongest Man
3rd 1981 World's Strongest Man
7th 1982 World's Strongest Man
4th 1984 World's Strongest Man
Representing  United States
IPF World Powerlifting Championships
Disqualified 1980

Dave Waddington is a former powerlifter and strongman from Ohio, United States. Apart from his three appearances at the World's Strongest Man finals, he is also famed as the first man to ever break the 1000 lb barrier in the squat.[1]

Early life[edit]

Dave Waddington was born on May 10, 1952 in Sandusky, Ohio.[2] He attended Sandusky High School.[3]

Powerlifting career[edit]

Waddington competed in three World's Strongest Man contests, finishing third in the first one he entered in 1981 behind two of the most accomplished strength athletes, Bill Kazmaier and Geoff Capes.[4]

As a powerlifter, Dave Waddington was briefly the super heavyweight IPF champion in 1980, but was later disqualified, the title passing to Doyle Kenady. The next year, on June 13, 1981 Waddington became the first man to squat over 1,000 lbs.[1]

Powerlifting Record[edit]

Dave Waddington was a seven time Ohio Champion, and a four time YMCA National Champion.


- A.A.U. Senior National Championship 
- Pan American Champion


- North American Champion
- Hawaiian Open Champion
- 7 YMCA National Records
- 6 Ohio State Records
- 2 North American Records
- World squat record Super heavyweight class - 959lbs and 970lbs.


- 3rd place Strongest man Contest
- First person to squat 1,003lbs. in competition
- U.S. Invitational
- Listed in the Guinness Book of World Records


- American Squat Record, 909 lbs. in 275lb class
- American Total Record at 2,220 lbs.
- 2nd place Worlds' Strongest Man(set the world record in Caber Toss) 


- 3rd place Canada's Louis Cyr Strongest Man Contest
- 4rd place Sweden's World Strongest Man Contest, Mora, Sweden
  (Set the world record in loglift at 507lbs

Personal life[edit]

Waddington was born on 5-10-1952 in Sandusky, Ohio . He is a life long resident of Sandusky, where he resides with his wife and son. He is a custodian with the Sandusky City Schools. He was elected Sandusky City Commissioner in 2003 and served two terms before being termed out in 2011. He was re-elected city commissioner in 2015. Waddington is a community activist, avid golfer, and known"Cheesehead", a term sports writers and fans use to describe Green Bay Packers enthusiasts.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b David A. Boehm, Jim Benagh, Cyd Smith, Guinness Sports Record Book, 1990-91, p242, (Sterling Pub. Co.), 1990 ISBN 0-8069-7304-8, ISBN 978-0-8069-7304-3
  2. ^ Profile at Strongestman.billhenderson.org
  3. ^ Sandusky High School Alumni Association, Home Town News, May 2008
  4. ^ "theworldsstrongestman.com 1980s". Archived from the original on January 4, 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-17. 

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