by Al Myers
It is a difficult task to try to come up with an All-Time Top Ten list for any lift, and the One Arm Dumbbell Swing is even more difficult than others. I used many resources in formulating this list and want to state that I have tried my best to make this list as accurate as possible but I know that the list is not perfect. Several factors made this research difficult. Were the lifts official or unofficial? Was a dumbbell used or a Kettlebell used? Was the lift actually an One Arm Swing or was it an One Arm Dumbbell Snatch? I want to thank everyone on the Iron History Forum for helping me with this project - their knowledge on lifting history far exceeds mine!!!
THE ONE ARM DUMBBELL SWING
|| Hermann Goerner (Germany)
|| Charles Rigoulot (France)
|| Maurice Deriaz (Switzerland)
|| Jean Francois LeBreton (France)
|| Ernest Cadine (France)
|| Emile Deriaz (Switzerland)
|| Ron Walker (England)
|| Arthur Saxon (Germany)
|| Stan Kratkowski (United States)
|| Gabriel Lassortesse (France)
As you can see from this list – all the top ten lifts of ALL-TIME in the One Arm Dumbbell Swing happened before the year 1937. The swing is definitely a “forgotten lift”. As I said the other day, one arm lifts were often contested in lifting competitions in the early 1900’s. Today, the only opportunity to do an One Arm lift is in an All-Round weightlifting competition. And given the large number of All-Round lifts – the chance to do an One Arm Swing in competition does not come around that often. It takes extra time to load a swing dumbbell during competition which leads Meet Directors in not selecting the One Arm Dumbbell swing for a competition lift.
Steve Angell, in an IAWA competition, did an One Arm Swing with 165 pounds. Rick Meldon, weighing only 160 pounds, did an One Arm Swing with 172 pounds in an IAWA event – the highest over bodyweight One Arm Swing ever in competition!!!