Ernst Cadine, French Olympic Weightlifter
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From “Mighty Men of Old” Vol. I (n.d.) (Author unknown)
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CADINE of Paris, France, was the last strong man to visit this continent
to accept the individual challenge of the then reputed “Strongest Man in
It was a decade and a half ago that ARTHUR GIROUX, of the
Montreal Police Department, was considered the best on this side of the
water and a match was arranged between him and Cadine, 1920 Olympic
Champion and former record holder.
Montreal at that time boasted some
Iron Men of world’s championship caliber. For instance: Angers as a 123
pounder was on par with anything Europe could offer. Barbeau held the
world’s amateur record military press in the lightweight class, and
there was Fournier, the sensational middleweight. Dundurand and Couette,
all the tops at that time. But the match between Cadine and Giroux was
too one sided, Cadine easily winning due to his immense superiority on
the quick lifts though the Montrealer did beat him at the dead lift.
When Cadine won his Olympic title, the rules were somewhat different
than they are today. It was permissible as late as 1924 to clean from
the “hang” position if desired, also a lifter could attempt a second
jerk from the shoulders if the first failed to stay up! The French
lifters were permitted to use the shot loading globe bells while the
rest of the competitors could use the German type disc loading outfit.
It was quite some time before the French and Germans could agree on one
set of rules.
Many lifters were unable to see why the French
should insist on the shot loading bells, but a little study of the
mechanics will show that it is possible to lift more with a shot loading
bell than with the disc type. Sounds incredible but remember that
Rigoulot set his world’s record clean and jerk of 402½ his two hands
snatch of 313 and his one hand snatch of 253 with one. When a globe
bell loaded with shot is pulled up fast, the loose shot for one split
second remains suspended inside the globe, thus having the same effect
as if the globes were empty for the brief interval! However, the secret
is to know how to control the bell when the shot strikes the inside
bottom of the globe for it then has the effect of the weight of the shot
doubled! It seems odd that the Germans failed to take advantage of this
mechanical phenomena. In America about the only users of globe bells
are the few remaining professionals and not one of them knows this
secret. It might be interesting to mention here that only one man in
weightlifting has ever caused the Federation to write rules to prevent
him from getting too far ahead of his rivals. He may be almost
forgotten now, but it was Helmut Schaeffer, who performed the squat
snatch starting the lift with his hands at shoulder width then sliding
them out to the collars as the weight went overhead. He used a full
squat in the clean and rested his elbows on his knees as his world’s
record at that time was so far ahead of the next best that officials
decided to make that method of cleaning illegal.
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