Weightlifting All-Around Dumbbell Contest

The weightlifting all-around dumbbell is a discontinued Olympic Games event. The event was held only once at the Olympic Games, in 1904. This competition attempted to determine the strongest of the strong, and included ten different lifts, five on each day. The winner was US strongman athlete Oscar Osthoff.

On the first day the following events were held:

  1. Holding out one dumbbell in each hand at arm's length, the bells to be started with the arms perpendicular above the head and dropped down from there to straight out at arm's length from the shoulder horizontally.
  2. Curling one dumbbell in one hand
  3. Tossing one dumbbell in one hand from the ground to arm's length above the shoulders in one motion without stopping at the shoulder.
  4. Jerking up one dumbbell with one hand from the shoulder to arm's length above the shoulder
  5. Pushing up slowly one dumbbell in each hand from the shoulder to arm's length above the shoulder.
olympic one arm dumbbell lift Olympic one-arm dumbbell lift

On the second day, the following events were held:

  1. Curling one dumbbell in each hand at the same time
  2. Tossing up one dumbbell from the ground to the shoulder with one hand
  3. Pushing up slowly one dumbbell with one hand from the shoulder to arm's length above the shoulder
  4. Jerking up one dumbbell in each hand from the shoulder to arm's length above the shoulder
  5. Composed entirely of original feats at the option of the contestant.

Scoring

For the first nine events, the score was 5 points for first, 3 points for second, and 1 point for third. For the final event, the judges and referee had the power to award points in any way they saw fit, but with a total of no more than 25 points to be divided among the contestants

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