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Doug Hepburn and weightlifting

Doug Hepburn
Induction Year: 1966
Sport: Weightlifting
Category: Athlete


  • Doug entered competition in 1948, and set an unofficial Canadian record (pressed 300 lbs) at his first competition
  • He took the U.S. Open title in 1947, pressing 345lbs and winning the World Heavyweight title in Stockholm, Sweden, lifting a total of 1030 lbs
  • At the 1954 Western Zone British Empire Games Weightlifting Trials, Hepburn broke the world press record with a lift of 381 lbs
  • In 1954 he won the gold medal at the Vancouver British Empire Games in the heavyweight class. He set new games records by lifting a total of 1040 lbs (370lbs – press, 300 lbs – snatch ,370 lbs – clean and jerk)
  • During the 1954 Games, Hepburn’s teammate, David Baillie, also won a medal in the heavyweight category class (silver). The two medal winning performances were unprecedented. It was the firs time that two weightlifters from the British Empire (or two from the same country) lifted 1000 lbs or more on the same platform at an international contest